The 1929 Christmas Eve White House Fire
December 17, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum Librarian and Archivist Craig Wright for a fascinating look back at the White House fire of Christmas Eve, 1929. Smoke was noticed by a White House telephone operator who sounded the alarm. The fire was thought to be contained when the first engines arrived, but flames suddenly erupted in areas outside of the fire zone. In the end, it became a four-alarm fire with dozens of engines and ladder companies working to extinguish the inferno. Although most of President Hoover’s important papers were saved, the Executive offices were destroyed. A number of miscellaneous documents littered the White House lawn in the aftermath. Despite the commotion, Mrs. Hoover continued a party for the children of their good friends in the main portion of the White House which was unaffected by the fire.
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