Ever since Easter Monday 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes opened the White House grounds to children for an egg roll, the White House has observed this springtime tradition.

The Washington TimesMark Silva reported on plans for this year’s event:

Now they’ve thought of everything at the ever-“green” Obama White House: “Green” Easter eggs.

They come in green, blue, rose and orange — the commemorative 2009 Easter eggs for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll that comes Monday.

But they’re all “green:” According to the Obama White House, this year’s egg uses “31 percent less paperboard than the 2008 designs… elminates the need for the paper shred/filler… features an egg-shaped dye cut instead of a cellophane window… uses renewable, vegetable oil-based inks.”

This year each child attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn will receive one of these commemorative wooden eggs.

The event is for ticket holders only and there are no more available.  

But the National Park Foundation’s website is offering boxes of the souvenir eggs for sale

1672On Easter Monday —12 April— Tricia Nixon (accompanied by the Easter Bunny) represented the First Family at the 1971 White House Easter Egg Roll.  She autographed some of the souvenir Certificates of Participation that were given to the 11,422 attendees.