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  •  KPRC-TV reporter Ginny Pace stands in front of the White House. Pace was the host of KPRC's Midday during the mid 1960s. 
  •  Pace enters the East Room with White House Curator James Roe Ketchum. Ketchum served as a staff historian of the Interior Department from 1961 to 1962 while pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Art History from George Washington University. He was made acting curator in 1963 after the permanent curator, Williams Elders III, abruptly quit. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy subsequently appointed Ketchum as White House curator. To quiet the public about a young man holding a senior position (Ketchum was 24 at the time), Kennedy sent out a press release stating Ketchum's age as 29. He remained in the position until 1970, serving during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon.  
  •  JFK was laid in state in the East Room in 1963 
  •  Ketchum and Pace stand in front of the Second Steinway piano. It was gifted to President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938 and placed in the East Room. In 1979 it was returned to the manufacturer, and around 1989 it was moved to the Entrance Hall.   
  •  Pace holds a book called The White House: An Historical Guide, originally published and produced by The White House Association. The organization was founded by First lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Several versions of the book were made in the following years and the association is still active today. 
  •  Ketchum points to Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne portrait. The painting is the White House's oldest art piece, and was saved from a fire in 1814 by First Lady Dolley Madison during the War of 1812. 
  •  A mantel clock in the French Empire style featuring Carthaginian general Hannibal is seen. The clock was purchased by President James Madison not long after his term started in an effort to refurbish the White House following the War of 1812.  
  •  Benjamin Franklin, 1766 portrait by David Martin 
  •  Angelica Singleton Van Buren, 1842 portrait by Henry Inman 
  •  John James Audubon, 1826 portrait by John Syme 
  •  Claude Monet's 1897 painting "Morning on the Seine, Good Weather" is featured. This painting was donated to the White House on December 4, 1963, by the Kennedy family after JFK's assassination.  
  •  The Monroe arm chair set. Originally commissioned near 1814 after the White House fire, President James Monroe ordered a 53-piece set containing chairs and other various furnishings such as sofas and foot stools. In 1860 the set was auctioned off, but parts of the set has been returned to the White House in 1961, and others recreated in 1962 to complete the set once again.  
  •  The State Dinning Room 
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In this special broadcast for Houston’s KPRC-TV, curator James Roe Ketchum leads Ginny Pace on a guided tour of the White House. Pace was the host of the KPRC program, Midday. Ketchum highlights a number of paintings and historical artifacts, including the Lansdowne portrait of President George Washington and the set of arm chairs commissioned by President James Monroe.