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Hutton Book Is Inaugural Gift for Obamas

The White House Historical Association has commissioned Salem art professor, author and illustrator John Hutton to provide a special presentation copy of his book The White House ABC: A Presidential Alphabet to the Obama family as an inauguration gift. Hutton, whose other works include Sister Maus and the recently published...

The White House Historical Association has commissioned Salem art professor, author and illustrator John Hutton to provide a special presentation copy of his book The White House ABC: A Presidential Alphabet to the Obama family as an inauguration gift.

Hutton, whose other works include Sister Maus and the recently published Christmas Maus: A Holiday Celebration — both about a mouse living in the Single Sisters House at Salem College — drew and water-colored a special picture of President Abraham Lincoln on the frontispiece in response to President-elect Obama’s known admiration for Lincoln.

The White House ABC was published in 2006 by the White House Historical Association and features each letter of the alphabet individually, with the names of the presidents and words associated with the White House listed in five languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Latin) Accompanying the lists for each letter are numerous, humorous drawings, large and small, which bring the words to life.

John Hutton is associate professor of art history at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born in Pound Ridge, New York, and educated at Princeton, the University of London and Harvard.

The White House Historical Association was established in 1961 as a non-profit organization to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion; proceeds from the association’s trusts, publications and other items are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork for the permanent White House collection, assist in the preservation of the public rooms, and further its educational mission.

The Sister Maus books may be ordered by visiting the Salem website at www.salem.edu or in area bookstores.