This year, we have a presidential election, which makes it the perfect time for the Associated Press to share its photographs of presidents at Federal Hall. In its exhibit, The American President, the AP is featuring over 80 photographs showing presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.
Former President George H.W. Bush wrote an introduction for the exhibit, "The men and women who have covered the White House for the AP dating back to the middle part of the 19th Century have truly had a ‘front-row seat to history.’ Through their lenses, succeeding generations of AP ‘photodogs’ have captured both the ecstasy and agony of the American Presidency, and contributed in important ways to the historical record of each administration."
Speaking of photodogs, AP photographer Charles Dharapak will be at Federal Hall at 2 p.m. tomorrow (May 12) to discuss photographing President Obama these past three years as well as covering presidential campaigns. Dharapak, who was named Still Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association, has also photographed the First Lady's secret Target trips.
Federal Hall, where George Washington took his Oath of Office, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on the weekend days of May 12 and 19, when Federal Hall will also be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remember, free speech cages have been set up outside—the U.S. Parks Department would prefer it if you would refrain from any political speech outside that zone.