Picture of the Day: The White House Easter Egg Roll in 1898

By David A. Graham

As the 134th edition of the event approaches, a look back.

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White House

With Easter approaching on Sunday, it's time for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll (This year's roll will be on Monday; if you don't have a ticket, you're out of luck). The tradition dates back to 1878 and a president whose name is perhaps not necessarily synonymous with lighthearted fun: Rutherford B. Hayes. It has been held ever since, with occasional interruptions for war time and renovations at the executive mansion.

This picture is from the 1898 roll. There's a gallery of great pictures from the turn of the century on through the present day at the White House website.

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