MOTHER EARTH NEWS Decorates Presidential Guest House for the Holidays

MOTHER EARTH NEWS was invited by the Department of State to spruce up historic rooms with eco-friendly décor for the holiday season.

Blair House Dining Room
MOTHER EARTH NEWS decorated rooms in the President's Guest House with messages of environmental stewardship and national food security for the holiday season. Jackson Place Dining Room, Blair House, Washington, D.C.
Dining Room Fireplace
The Jackson Dining Room Fireplace in the Blair House, the President's Guest House
Cortland Apples
The Adams Reception Room at the State Department features ever-popular apples as the centerpiece of the holiday decorations. Conscientious growers from across the country provided rare, heirloom varieties, each with a unique history, to fill bowls and perfume the air in this elegant room. 
Jackson Sitting Room
The Jackson Sitting Room in the Blair House, the President's Guest House
International Peace Dove Cookies
During the U.S. Civil War, the Christmas tree was widely treated as a symbol of hope for the reunification of the country. Christmas trees became symbols of patriotism, and were often decorated with flags, liberty bells and cookies. The trees displayed in the Jackson Sitting Room feature handmade peace dove cookies carrying flags of the nations of the world, as a holiday symbol of all nations’ desire for peace and harmony.
Decorating Team
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Decorating Team. From left: Matthew T. Stallbaumer, Kim Wallace, John Rockhold, Tabitha Alterman, Bryan Welch, Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Stacy Lawrence, Heidi Alterman, Jessica Kellner, Ann Goldstein, Brandy Ernzen, David Derbyshire
Arkansas Black apples
Apples have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times, spreading throughout the world from their origin in Central Asia. Today in America there is renewed interest in the diverse flavors offered by beautiful heirloom varieties such as those on display. 
Artisan Ciders
Artisan ciders from around the country (See MOTHER EARTH NEWS Spreads the Word About Unique Apples and Artisan Ciders)
Bryan Welch with Hillary Clinton
Publisher and Editorial Director Bryan Welch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Capricia Marshall
John Rockhold with Hillary Clinton
Managing Editor John Rockhold with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Tabitha Alterman with Hillary Clinton
Senior Associate Editor and Project Manager Tabitha Alterman with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Bill Uhler with Hillary Clinton
General Manager Bill Uhler with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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