Saturday, February 28, 2009

The White House Easter Egg Roll

The White House Easter Egg Roll was first started by Dolly Madison in 1814. The custom was abandoned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his administrations, but revived by Mamie Eisenhower during her husband's.

The two children pictured were participating in the 1898 White House Easter festivities, during the service of Republican William McKinley, the last Civil War veteran to be elected President of the United States. The photograph is courtesy of the Frances Benjamin Johnson Collection in the Library of Congress.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

I love so many things about this photo....but the little girl's hat most of all!