Baraboo woman chosen to decorate White House

Baraboo woman chosen to decorate White House

Between the tree, the tinsel and all those stringing lights, holiday decorating can be a daunting task – and for one Baraboo woman, that task took on presidential proportions this season.

Nancy Meiller recently retired after teaching middle school history for the past 32 years, but she decided she wasn’t quite finished with the subject. After watching an HGTV special on volunteers who help decorate the White House, she applied for the 2014 season.

“I just kind of forgot about it, you know?” she laughs. “It was kind of a lark, I didn’t think I’d get chosen.”

Chosen she was, out of more than 1,000 applicants. Meiller, the only Wisconsinite out of 106 volunteers from 37 states, flew out to D.C. over the Thanksgiving weekend to spend a week decorating.

Visiting the White House would be an exciting trip for anyone – for a history buff like Nancy, it was the trip of a lifetime.

“I really like decorating for Christmas, and I’ve got a passion for history and a passion for teaching history, so those combined together, this was just a fantastic experience,” she says.