ABILENE, Kan. - An event of Presidential proportions, the first ever Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll will be held Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. This event is free and open to the public and will feature games, crafts, face painting, an Easter egg hunt and more. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 1 p.m. so don't be late! Admission to the Museum and Boyhood Home will be free all day.
The Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll is modeled after the White House Easter Egg Roll that began in 1878. The Egg Roll is one of the oldest annual events in White House history, although the event has been canceled occasionally during times of war and austerity. The Egg Roll resumed in 1953 after a 12-year hiatus when the Eisenhowers moved into the White House. Mamie Eisenhower desegregated the Egg Roll by inviting all children regardless of color to the event. Ike's grandchildren also participated in the Egg Roll when he was in office.
The Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll is produced in partnership with the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department, Eisenhower Foundation, and the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. Other organizations volunteering their services for the activities include the Arts Council of Dickinson County, Dickinson County 4-H Ambassadors, Eisenhower Garden Kids and Abilene High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Singers and Student Council (StuCo).