I read in the Montgomery Advertiser recently that “1500+ museums offer free admission as part of Smithsonian magazine’s sixth annual Museum Day.”

That reminded me to remind all readers that the First White House is free to the public at all times! We do accept donations and we make a little money from our gift shop sales and from generous sponsors.

Our wonderful receptionists, Evelyn and Lynn and our fine maintenance man Robert are paid by the State of Alabama. The upkeep of the building and the grounds are also taken care of by the State. We are very blessed.

We just ordered a 19th century pair of brass andirons for the First Parlor on eBay. They were put in place yesterday after a fine polish job by Robert. They are such a nice addition.

Now we are working on conserving a chandelier in the Second Parlor that has been broken since the 1976 Restoration, and held together with fishing line. Does this remind anyone of their own homes? I wonder.