Being an art director for a law enforcement organization like the Secret Service brought new design challenges every day. On one occasion, I was called to the Office of Public Affairs for a meeting with two of the public affairs officers. I had designed and supervised the installation of a multi-media presentation room for their office and we were now creating audio-visual programs to be played in that room. At that meeting the subject was the Department of the Treasury. It was a very large organization with 14 different offices including the Internal Revenue Service, Customs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Secret Service, and more. The public affairs officers wanted a program that would give their audiences an overview of Treasury and what each department did. The task of writing and producing an AV presentation with this much information was daunting. When developing a script or story, it is always a good idea to develop a concept and a treatment for that concept. I wanted to come up with something that would keep the attention of primary school-age audiences and well as adults. I wanted to keep Treasury in a historical light, even when presenting newer departments with more modern-day tasks. I remembered a book I read about the ghosts of Washington, D. C., and Treasury had its share. I decided to call the program, “The Spirit of Treasury.” I created a ghost as a tour guide who had resided in the bowels of the Treasury building. He would know something about everything and everybody. Now all I needed were the costume and props. We hired a professional actor to play our ghost. He had a talent for dialects and could color his narrative with an old New England flare. The costume he wore was graciously loaned to us by the Army’s Old Guard. They lent us Thomas Jefferson’s “wardrobe.” The ghost had a small office at Treasury with a period secretary (desk), scrolls, feather quill, ink well and Queen Anne chandelier that came from Maryland Public Television in Baltimore. The only things missing were chairs. I called the White House curator, Clement E. Conger, who I never met. I told him about “The Spirit of Treasury” and he immediately commented that he had a couple of period chairs that would be perfect for the ghost’s office. Mr. Conger was also curator for the State Department at the time, and directed me to pick up a couple of chairs he would set aside at State. The following day, Ed R. and myself took a Ford van to the State Department. We were directed to see a person in the diplomats’ reception hall -- grand and red carpeted with magnificent paintings, draperies, and period furniture. We were taken to an alcove where two wooden chairs had been set aside. We left with the chairs, without signing a receipt of any kind, and proceeded back to the office. The van was a bare-bones vehicle with only two seats and no carpeting. I got into the back of the van and sat on the bare metal floor, holding a chair with each hand while Ed drove. It was only after we were about half way back to the office that I noticed brass plaques on the backs of the bouncing chairs. After realizing what I was holding, I yelled at Ed to slow down. We did get the chairs back to State a couple of weeks later, undamaged.
George Washington taking the oath of office as the first elected President of the United States.
Federal House in New York City. George Washington took the oath of office on the balcony of this building. Congress had its first legislative sessions here.
Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the only unit of its kind in the armed forces, is part of the 3rd U. S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The Fife and Drum Corps is stationed at Fort Myer, VA. The musicians of this unit recall the days of the American Revolution as they perform in uniforms patterned after those worn by the musicians of General George Washington's Continental Army. Military musicians of the period wore the reverse colors of the regiments to which they were assigned. The uniforms worn by the members of the Corps are dated circa 1781, and consist of black tricorn hats, white wigs, waistcoats, colonial coveralls, and red regimental coats.
One of six chairs used at the Presidential Inauguration of   George Washington April 30, 1789 Federal House New York City, New York  One of six chairs used at the Presidential Inauguration of   George Washington April 30, 1789 Federal House New York City, New York  One of six chairs used at the Presidential Inauguration of   George Washington April 30, 1789 Federal House New York City, New York
Federal chair, similar to the chairs we borrowed from State Department’s diplomatic hall.
Bronze plaques contained the information illustrated, though I do not remember the exact wording. 
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