Celebrate the presidential inauguration at Key West’s ‘Little White House’

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Political “partiers” can celebrate the United States’ presidential inauguration Monday, January 21, at Key West’s Harry S Truman Little White House, Florida’s only presidential museum.

Inauguration Day festivities take place on the grounds of the 111 Front St. residence where former President Truman spent 11 working vacations during his 1945-1953 administration — and are hosted by Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel.

Beginning at 11 a.m., celebrants can watch a live broadcast of President Barack Obama’s inauguration and inaugural address on HD big-screen televisions while enjoying an all-American cookout. Cost is $25 per person. At 8 p.m., the Southernmost Inaugural Ball offers a warmer-weather open-air alternative to Washington’s formal inaugural gala. Requested dress is resort wear like the short-sleeved tropical shirts Truman favored in Key West. Cost is $100 per person.

As well as Truman, the Little White House has hosted former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.