No American president has had more input into the furnishing of the White House during his tenure than James Monroe. Still under reconstruction following its burning by the British in 1814 when Monroe was inaugurated in March 1817, the president’s house required almost all new furnishings before it could reopen. Relying on his extensive knowledge of fashionable home goods gained through his two European diplomatic appointments, Monroe worked to secure a large number of new furnishings from Paris. White House Assistant Curator, Melissa Naulin’s talk will focus on these government-purchased French goods which remain among the most treasured objects in the White House collection. She will also detail the recent effort to restore the large furniture suite purchased for Monroe’s “large oval room” (today’s Blue Room) to its original splendor.