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White House stamp remains a keepsake

It seems like only yesterday when the new millennium began. The 21st century ushered in a new era of communications, coordination and creativity.

The U.S. Postal Service rang in the year 2000 with a special New Year's Day stamp featuring a baby wearing a high hat and blowing a horn.

But a most memorable stamp released by the U.S. Postal Service commemorated the 200th anniversary of the first White House, the residence of the American president.

The first occupant was not George Washington but John Adams, second president of the United States. Adams and his family moved into the unfinished "President's House" in November 1800.

Designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban and built at a cost of $400,000, the White House is a Georgian mansion in the Palladian style. In its early stages, the structure was drafty and cold and lacked many conveniences which are common today. Water had to be carried to the mansion from a spring about a half-mile away.

During the War of 1812, British forces occupied Washington, D.C., and burned several public buildings, including the White House. In March 1815, Hoban was hired to rebuild the mansion, and by late 1817, President James Monroe was able to take up residency there.

After Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901, he not only changed the official name to the White House but oversaw a remodeling project that expanded the family quarters and created more space for office workers.

The stamp issued in 2000 may be obtained at your local stamp dealer.

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