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Datebook: October 12 – Roosevelt Officially Renames the Executive Mansion to the White House 110 Years Ago

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;;On October 12, 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House. The building was originally referred to variously as the “President’s Palace”, “Presidential Mansion”, or “President’s House”. The earliest evidence of the public calling it the “White House” was recorded in 1811. A myth emerged that during the rebuilding of the structure after the Burning of Washington, white paint was applied to mask the burn damage it had suffered,giving the building its namesake hue. The name “Executive Mansion” was used in official contexts until President Theodore Roosevelt established the formal name by having “White House–Washington” engraved on the stationery in 1901. The current letterhead wording and arrangement “The White House” with the word “Washington” centered beneath goes back to the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

It’s Wednesday, October 12

Fort Massac State Park’s 38th Annual Fort Massac Encampment is open 10 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 4:30 on Sunday. Park and get the shuttle in the open field next to the park’s Trout Pond on U.S. 45. Although the fort structure itself is closed. re-enactors show what everyday life was like there in the 1700’s and early 1800’s.

The 6th annual Krider Idol competition showcases talents of students ages 9 to 18 and raises money for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment fund Saturday. Tickets are $5 for the 7 p.m. show at the Krider Performing Arts Center, 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris. See

The Purchase Area Master Gardeners Association offers a bulb and perennial sale Saturday, October 22 from 9 to Noon. It’s at the Demonstration Garden on Coleman Road just east of Exit 4, Paducah. It offers plants like corkscrew willow, surprise lilies, grand tiara hosta, and garden tools, books and supplies.

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