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NARA's Journal PROLOGUE presents:


 In 1958 Bunny, Hazel, Fred (Skippy), and Darlene Johansen attend the Eisenhower's' White House Easter Egg Roll. (NARA Eisenhower Library) Barbara Rose Griffin, age 6, was greeted at the 1938 egg roll by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library) Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter arrive at the 1977 egg roll with daughter Amy and grandson Jason. (NARA, Jimmy Carter Library)

C. L. Arbelbide, "With Easter Monday You Get Egg Roll at the White House." National Archives: PROLOGUE, Spring 2000, Vol. 32, No. 1

Above Left: In 1958 Bunny, Hazel, Fred (Skippy), and Darlene Johansen attend the Eisenhower's' White House Easter Egg Roll. (NARA Eisenhower Library)
Above Center:
Barbara Rose Griffin, age 6, was greeted at the 1938 egg roll by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library)
Above Right:
Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter arrive at the 1977 egg roll with daughter Amy and grandson Jason. (NARA, Jimmy Carter Library)


AS THE EGG ROLLS

Question

Did Dolley Madison ever host an egg roll for children at the U. S. Capitol?

First C. L. Arbelbide checked with numerous Madison scholars who were plowing their way through President and Mrs. Madison's personal letters. They expressed that the story was "highly unlikely." And to this date, nothing has turned up in those letters to confirm the story. At the Library of Congress, C. L. retraced references when given in books that published the Madison connection, Still no primary document had surfaced to tie the story directly to the Madisons.

During a visit to the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library, C. L. discovered the story inside a 1922 Washington, D.C., guide book. Nothing earlier has yet to be unearthed. A copy of C. L.'s findings was forwarded on to the White House Curator's office.

"Why," C. L. was asked, "are you researching this issue?" "The story is so charming - why not leave it alone?" "Because, it can shed light on what life was like in Washington City during the early 1800s (Dolley Madison's time)" replied C. L. Washington City was a slave city. Yes, there in the shadow of the Capitol were slave pens. The Madisons owned slaves as did a number of Presidents. The local press ran ads selling adult and child slaves and a announcements of runaway slaves were also printed. With these social norms in place, it seems unlikely that such a party was held for all children.

Rabbit's FOOTnote
Rabbit's FOOTnote: Students did you know that the slaves in Washington, D.C. were set free by President Abraham Lincoln before the January 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation? Yes - on April 16, 1862 a presidential proclamation freed the D. C. slaves. Jubilee Day, as it became known was celebrated annually for many years then slowly faded away. The D.C. City Council revived the celebration in 2002. Look for organizers of April 16 - Jubilee Day - to provide more historical information regarding this unique time in America's history.


"10 great places to get hopping (and hunting) on eggs", USAToday, Travel Vacation, March 28, 2002

Regarding the 2002 George Bush (#41) Presidential Library Egg Roll

Question

Why didn't the 2002 George Bush (#41) Presidential Library Egg Roll make the March 28, 2002 USA TODAY list?

The article was scheduled for the newspaper's Easter weekend edition. The early birds at the Bush Presidential Library had hosted their event a week earlier!

Rabbit's FOOTnote

Rabbit's FOOTnote: The Bush Presidential Library Egg Roll hatched in 1999! It is held annually on the grounds of the Bush Presidential Library located in College Station, TX. Yes they too give out wooden eggs to the children!


We hope you enjoy a look back at the history surrounding this special presidential event. Email your thoughts and questions, to eggmaster@whitehouseeaster.com.


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