Easter Greetings from 1905
Source: My Personal Collection
Fun Facts About the White House Easter Egg Roll
Did you know:
- The egg roll was held on the Capitol grounds until 1876, when the grounds were somewhat trampled and Congress banned the activity at the Capitol.
- President Rutherford B. Hayes issued an order in 1878 allowing children to use the South Lawn of the White House for an Easter Egg Roll.
- The event has only been cancelled due to bad weather and World Wars I and II.
- Children aged 13 and younger may participate with their parents.
- Although other games may be played, the main activity is rolling a hard boiled egg across the lawn.
- Each participant used to receive a special presidential wooden egg with the signatures of the President and the First Lady. (I can’t verify if that still happens.)
- In recent times, as many as 35, 000 children have taken part in any given year.
- The record for highest number of participants was set in 1937 – 53, 180 children!
- Today, thousands of families enter a lottery to be chosen.
- The event is still hosted by the President and the First Lady.
Have a happy, blessed Easter.