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Rembrandt Peale
George Washington (1732–1799), 1853
Oil on canvas
New-York Historical Society, Bequest of Caroline Phelps Stokes

Unidentified maker
George Washington inaugural armchair, 1788–89
Mahogany with pine and poplar
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Edmund B. Southwick

F. Bartoli
Ki On Twog Ky (Also known as Cornplanter, 1732/40–1836), 1796
Oil on canvas
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan

John Rogers
The Council of War, 1868
Bronze
New-York Historical Society Purchase

Stafford Mantle Northcote
Tong Yin Yee Shung Gun, Chinese Laundry, 1899
Oil on canvas
New-York Historical Society, Gift of George A. Zabriskie

Enit Zerner Kaufman
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945), ca. 1940–45
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Enit Kaufman

“Transitone” radio, ca. 1941
Bakelite and other materials
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mary Ann Dzupin Gallagher and Nancy Dzupin York in memory of Anna Varhol Dzupin

President Harry Truman reads the Japanese surrender message surrounded by members of his Cabinet and others, August 14, 1945
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Page from Marsha Sorotick’s scrapbook, 1962 New-York Historical Society Library

President John F. Kennedy addresses the nation during the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 22, 1962
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

President Lyndon B. Johnson talks with Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney Young, and James Farmer, December 3, 1963
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley, December 21, 1970
Richard Nixon Library

President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev have their first meeting at the White House, December 8, 1987
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

Creative: Tronvig Group