Museum of Science and Industry

Dream House: The White House as an American Home

February 11, 2010

Lecture Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This lecture is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • February 11, 2010
  • Time:
  • 7:00 PM
  • Tickets:
  • This Inventive Genius Lecture is FREE for Household Premium and Annual Fund members, and available to other members at discounted member rates.

Inventive Genius Lecture Series for Members

Ulysses Grant Dietz is the great-great grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum, and co-author of the book Dream House: The White House as an American Home. Mr. Dietz will take us on a quick visual tour of the White House—not as most people know it or think they know it, but as it really was.

Discover how the president’s house, which was the largest house in America from 1800 to at least 1870, echoed the American ideal of “home” as it evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries. He will also inform us of the White House’s six historical moments—country house, villa, mansion, palace, suburban home, and shrine—that serve as vantage points, and help us understand how the presidents and first ladies each tried to grapple with a house that was like no other in America.


Doctorate members: Free
All other members: $8 adult; $5 child
Non-members: $15 adult; $12 child

Call the Museum at (773) 684-1414 for reservations.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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