Adopt-A-Memory – White House Easter Eggs
Need something REALLY SPECIAL for Easter or a special occasion? The Delaware County Historical Society is “egg-static” to offer a delightful opportunity for you. Available for adoptions are colorful wooden and glass eggs from the Society’s collection of White House Easter Eggs.
We are providing a listing of all White House Easter Eggs currently available for adoption at the beginning of the “Description” section (shown below). You can get a sneak peek at some of the eggs by scrolling on down in the Description section. After reviewing the pictures and the list, if you wish to see an egg in detail or to adopt an egg, we suggest you make a note of the composition (wood or glass), the markings on the egg (note: signatures are only found on wooden eggs, while agencies are only on glass eggs), the color (note the color stated on the list, for example, blue is different than royal blue) and the year the egg was issued. Enter the composition, signature/agency, color and year in the appropriate option windows. Your egg should appear in the upper left above this note. If you want to explore other choices, hit the clear button and view another egg. Or to adopt the egg select “add to cart” button. There is only one egg for each of the eggs on the list.
Please note this process does not work on mobile devices, rather it is functional on laptops and desk tops.
White House Easter Eggs available for Adoption:
1981 Blue Rock Hudson
1981 Pink Jessica Tandy
1981 Yellow Billy Joel (Adopted)
1981 Pink Dolly Parton
1981 Yellow Henry Mancini
1982 Baby Blue inscribed: The White House
1989 Fuchsia G.W. and Barbara Bush
1990 Lavender G.W. and Barbara Bush
1998 Natural wood Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton (Adopted)
1999 Green Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton
1999 Maroon Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton
2001 Peach George and Laura Bush
2004 Marbled Lavender George and Laura Bush
2002 Pink George and Laura Bush
2008 Orange Bush Family Pets (Adopted)
2009 Neon Red Barack and Michelle Obama
2009 Orange Barack and Michelle Obama
2014 Purple Bo and Sunny Paw Prints (Adopted)
2014 Green Bo and Sunny Paw Prints
1995 Royal Blue Drawing of the White House
1999 Yellow Drawing White House
2001 Blue U.S. Secret Service
2003 Green Swirl Drawing of the White House
2004 Blue Swirl Drawing of the White House
2004 Ruby Presidential Helicopter Squadron HMX-1
2005 Metallic Black Drawing of the White House
2005 Translucent Presidential Seal
2009 Royal Blue White House Communications Agency
2009 Blue Presidential Seal
2009 Peach Drawing White House
2010 Egg Plant Camp David
2011 Translucent Presidential Seal
2011 Metallic Green Drawing White House
2011 Marbled Red Drawing White House
2012 Gold Central Intelligence Agency
2013 Pink Air Force One
The White House Easter Egg Collection
Available for adoptions are annual, colorful wooden and glass eggs from the Delaware County Historical Society’s White House Easter Egg collection. The collection was given to the Society in honor of President and Mrs. Rutherford Hayes. President Hayes was born in Delaware and initiated the first White House Easter event for children in 1878. The Society’s display of White House Easter Eggs is believed to be the largest publicly displayed collection.
Available are wooden eggs dating from 1981 to 2014. They come is a wide variety of colors. Most wooden eggs are signed by a President and First Lady.
However a few are signed by celebrity White House Guests, for example Dolly Parton and Billy Joel.
While a very limited number of eggs include other residents of the White House, namely Bush and Obama First Family pets.
The gorgeous glass eggs (created as VIP gifts) carry an image of the White House. They come in a variety of colors and date from 1996 to 2014.
Alternatively, the Commemorative glass eggs recognize various Agencies or Service Units. They range from 2001 to 2014.
History of Wooden Eggs
The practice of using real eggs for the White House Easter Egg Roll ended when Pat Nixon had an Easter egg hunt that resulted in undiscovered eggs that later rotted. In the Ford administration they switched to plastic eggs. Betty Ford and Rosalynn Carter wrote notes to the participants and put them inside the plastic eggs as keepsakes.
Souvenir wooden White House Easter eggs first became an annual keepsake in 1981, when President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan hosted a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people.
Wooden eggs have been the norm since then.
Now, all of the attendees under the age of 12 get a free souvenir egg on their way out.
The White House Easter Egg Roll has grown over time and, until it was canceled recently by Covid-19, was covered by a lottery with 35,000 tickets distributed. Winners are assigned to one of five groups that get access to the White House Lawn for two hours with a variety of celebrities present and activities offered to the participants.
If you would like a year or possibly a color not offered at this moment, plea,se contact the Society at email@example.com and we will see if such an egg available.
For your Adoption, you will receive:
- a thank you letter from the Society,
- you or, if this is a gift, the recipient will receive a Certificate of Adoption, which includes a picture of your White House Easter egg, and
- an Information Sheet about the history of the annual Easter Egg Roll. It also describes how the festivities and composition of the eggs have changed over time.
Your egg will remain with the Delaware County Historical Society under the expert care of our curators. Adoptions are exclusive and made on a first-requested basis for a 12-month period.
We hope you will adopt an egg and then come and see it at the Delaware County Historical Society, where the entire collection of these beautiful eggs is being preserved.