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By Thomas Craughwell, EWTN News, July 4, 2019

Thomas Craughwell A prolific contributor to the National Catholic Register, Thomas J. Craughwell was the author of numerous books, including Stealing Lincoln’s Body (which was made into a History Channel documentary) and Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave, James Hemings, Introduced French Cuisine to America. Thomas died June 13, 2018.

This article originally appeared June 8, 2017, in the Register.

 

They Turn Up in the Most Surprising Places

Thomas CraughwellEvery summer, American families become road warriors, heading out for day trips, weekend excursions, or longer vacations to explore our vast, fascinating nation. There are plenty of significant sites across the United States that have unexpected Catholic links.

The East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C.

When you think “the White House,” you probably do not think “Catholic shrine.” But it is — particularly the East Room.

This is one of the original rooms of the White House, designed by architect James Hoban (a nice Irish Catholic boy) in 1792. Over the centuries it has served a variety of purposes, as a setting for state dinners, for concerts, for awards ceremonies, and for one-of-a-kind moments in American history. …