Monday, June 24, 2013

An Invitation to the White House

A few weeks ago, while sorting through the papers and letters of my maternal grandparents William (Will) Liming Redles and Martha Leona Roberts, I came across an invitation to the White House addressed to them from President and Mrs. Coolidge!

Addressed to Lt. Col. and Mrs. William L. Redles at the
Hotel Roosevelt where they lived when they were in Washington, D.C.

The President and Mrs. Coolidge
request the pleasure of the company of
Col. and Mrs. Redles
at a reception to be held at
The White House
Thursday evening February the sixteenth
nineteen hundred and twenty-eight
at nine o'clock

Strictly Not Transferable
Col & Mrs W L Redles
will please present this card at the
East Entrance
of The White House, Thursday evening
February 16, 1928
9:00 o'clock

The White House
Admit at East Gate
Not Transferable
February 16, 1928
Display on Wind Shield of Car

This was apparently for an Army Navy reception. I found a brief mention of it on the front page of the February 16, 1928, Indiana Evening Gazette on I wonder if my grandparents went to the reception? I asked my mom if her mother ever mentioned going to the White House, but she said no. Well, I still have a lot of letters to read through to piece their story together. Maybe I'll find out the answer to my question.



  1. Hi Catherine,

    This is just so cool!

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in my Fab Finds post this week at

    Have a great weekend!

  2. That's an exciting find. Keep reading those letters!

    1. Hi Wendy,

      I can't wait to get back to reading their letters! I love being able to get a sense of what their lives were like.