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Easter Egg Roll: 1965

Easter Egg Roll: 1965

"Almost a 1,000 braved a chill rain today to join in the rolling on the White House south lawn, but it was a dampened spectacle. The youngsters didn't get in much egg rolling. Under umbrellas and wearing rain gear they tromped over the soggy grass, took pictures, looked in vain for President Johnson and members of his family and wondered just what to do....At its best the annual egg rolling seems to have lost its zest in recent years and today's rain made it far from a gala affair."

—"Rain Bogs White House Easter Egg Spectacle," The Phoenix Gazette, April 19, 1965

In this photograph taken in April 1966 by National Geographic Service photographer James P. Blair, children hunt for eggs on the South Lawn. Dating back to 1878, the Easter Egg Roll is a cherished springtime

tradition in Washington, D.C., with children and their families gathering on the South Lawn to enjoy the annual festivities.

James P. Blair
Date of Work
April 11, 1966
The White House Historical Association