History



A Brief Glimpse into the History of the NSAL 

A Brief Glimpse into the History of NSAL In 1944, at the end of World War II, a group of Washington, D.C. dignitaries, diplomats, and a “Who’s Who” from the arts and the aristocracy came together and launched the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Believing that “a nation is only as great as its cultural standard,” First Lady Bess Truman hosted a grand reception at the White House and President and Mrs. Truman helped promote this new organization and its endeavor to discover, mentor and give financial support to exceptional young artists.

The Washington Post covered the reception at the White House and in a story stated, “The nation’s capitol has long been accustomed to brilliant and talented women but even the Washingtonians must perk up interest at the great and varied accomplishments of the women composing this new organization.” Today, happily and thankfully, men are a vital part of NSAL.