Candace Shireman is Curator of Blair House, the President’s Guest House, in Washington, D. C., for official visitors of the federal government invited by the US President. She oversees the preservation of its historic structures and American cultural heritage collections belonging to the United States Department of State. She served as historic site administrator and museum curator of the Historical Society of Washington, D. C., before coming to Blair House in 2000.
Over her 32 year career in American historic sites and collections stewardship, Candace has authored many publications, exhibitions and programs. She has lectured at noted museums and organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Chrysler Museum and the Cosmo9s Club, and has appeared in programs on CBS, ABC, C-SPAN and PBS. Her most recent collaboration with the State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol, the White House Historical Association and the Blair House Restoration Fund produced the first comprehensive, scholarly book about Blair House published in 2016. Candace holds degrees from Lake Erie College and the George Washington University.
Nomination by Cynthia Shireman Mutryn, Class of 1968