Official White House ornament honors Denison's most famous son

Published: Dec. 6, 2019 at 5:44 PM CST
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The 2019 official White House Christmas ornament honors Denison-born Dwight D. Eisenhower, with a miniature Marine One helicopter with the 34th U.S. President's name on the side.

There's only one place in the whole state of Texas you can buy one of these, and it's at the Eisenhower Birthplace in Denison.

"This has a really unique connection to Texas and to Texoma," said Eisenhower Birthplace site manager John Akers.

In January, the White House Historical Association reached out to the Eisenhower Birthplace about their idea for 2019's official White House ornament.

"We were very enthusiastic when they asked us to be the Texas debut, the only place in Texas that was selling the ornaments," said Akers. "He was into technology, and he was the first U.S. president to use a helicopter while he was president. Today, we're familiar with Marine One that carries the president to Camp David and various places."

The $30 ornament has been in stock at the birthplace since February, and they have sold 70 since they were put on the shelves.

"We're exclusive, we have the ornaments right here at the Eisenhower birthplace. You can get them online, get them in Washington, D.C., and his boyhood home in Abilene, Kansas, but have them right here in Denison, Texas," said Akers.

Akers says they have about 40 left in stock.

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