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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Presidents’ Day Weekend at Eisenhower Birthplace

By Sylvia Rushing and Mary Crawley, Eisenhower Birthplace staff

Presidents’ Day weekend was busy at Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site. On Friday, February 18, second-grade students from Roundtree Elementary in Allen, Texas toured the site. View the photos below to see all the activity.

On Presidents’ Day afternoon, the U.S. Army color guard from Fort Sill, Oklahoma presented flags to Site Manager Robin Gilliam. The occasion marked the dedication of the new Eisenhower monument. Congressman Ralph Hall and County Judge Drue Bynum were speakers at the auditorium and at the dedication site. Congressman Hall made another unscheduled speech on the front steps of the Eisenhower Birthplace. The congressman is a World War II veteran and had met Mr. Eisenhower on several occasions.

Eisenhower Birthplace staff, from left to right: Mary “Chris” Crawley, Sylvia Rushing (seated), John Garbutt, and Jonathan Dryden. Robin Gilliam custom made the ladies’ dresses in 2009.

Roundtree Elementary students and teachers walking up the street to the Birthplace.

 The students entering the Birthplace through the front door.

SMUDGE, our social rooster.

In the dining room, the tour guides read Smudge’s story for him. Smudge has written a story to guide the children through the Birthplace.

Chris Crawley and Sylvia Rushing explain to the students how Mrs. Eisenhower did her laundry.

Eisenhower Birthplace is located in Denison, approximately 75 miles north of Dallas. The site is part of the Texas Lakes Trail Region.

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