Jennifer Boswell Pickens is a White House historian and First Lady expert. As such, she has conducted numerous interviews with members of America’s first families, White House social secretaries, chiefs of staff, presidential aides, White House insiders, and Executive Residence staff.
Pickens is proud to release her newest book Entertaining at the White House: Decades of Presidential Traditions, which richly documents 60 years of entertaining customs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With beautifully appointed design, it offers readers an insider’s invitation into the White House’s greatest events and intimate insight into the planning, innovation, and unparalleled generosity that went into these occasions created by each of the first families, from the Kennedys to the Trumps. This is her third book in a series.
Her top-selling first book, Christmas at the White House, is the authority on the lavish decorations, themes, and traditions of more than 50 years of the holiday season celebrated by America’s first families. Pets at the White House: 50 Years of Presidents and Their Pets gives historical accounts of the many animals that have called the White House their home, and includes intimate stories and photographs depicting the relationships between first families and their beloved pets.
As a White House expert, Pickens has offered her insight on a host of national television and radio programs, and has served on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, Friends of the SMU Libraries board, and other prominent and civic boards. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and lives in Dallas with her husband and their four daughters.
Jennifer with Executive White House Pastry Chef Susie Morrison in front of the replica of the White House Gingerbread House
Jennifer and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and White House Exectuive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison
Jennifer with White House Chef Roland Mesnier
Jennifer with former White House Social Secretaries Jeremy Bernard (Obama) and Bess Abell (Johnson)
Jennifer with former White House Social Secretary Ann Stock
Jennifer with President and Mrs. Carter
Jennifer with First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna before her interview of Jenna December 2017
Jennifer with Dale Haney, White House Grounds Superintendent, meeting First Dogs Bo and Sunny, pets of President Barack Obama.