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Celebrate with the Presidents
By Carolyn Villareal, Educator, Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
Feb 16, 2018
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Denison -- The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site invites you to celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We are located at 609 S. Lamar Avenue in Denison, Texas. The event is for children age 12 and younger with parents in attendance too!

Presidents’ Day began as an early tradition in our American history when we celebrated President George Washington’s birthday on February 22, not long after his death in 1799. Almost 100 years passed before the birthday became an official federal holiday when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed into law the celebration of Washington’s birthday.  While honoring Washington as one of our foremost Americans, various states also celebrated other presidents in conjunction with the holiday, most notably Abraham Lincoln’s February 12th birthday.  In 1971, Congress opted to merge these two birthday celebrations into Presidents’ Day with the passing of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act., creating a three day weekend. 

As the Eisenhower Birthplace joins the celebration of honoring our presidents, we will include President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the festivities!  On Saturday, February 17, we will have story time, Presidential trivia, crafts, painting, games, prizes, and a tour of the birthplace of our 34th President.  Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

photo by Allen Rich

Cost to the event will be our family rate of $8.00 for 1 parent and 2 children or 2 parents and 1 child.  Additional children are $1.00 per child.  Children under the age of 6 are free.  For more information, please contact Carolyn Villareal @ the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site @ 903-465-8908, or email us at carolyn.villareal@thc.texas.gov.   You can also find us on Facebook at Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site.  We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!