The Eisenhower Home Decorated for the Holidays
Contact: Carol Hegeman, 717-338-9114 Ext. 4411
The National Park Service at the Eisenhower National Historic Site is inviting the public to celebrate this holiday season at the home and farm of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. The Eisenhower home will be decorated for Christmas, December 1 through 31, 2012. The celebration includes a holiday reception on Saturday, December 8 complete with cider and cookies served courtesy of Gettysburg Tours, Inc.
Mamie Eisenhower loved to decorate their home for Christmas.Her hand is evident in the home's recreated decorations, complete with mistletoe, wreaths, and poinsettias. A brightly lit, candy cane-covered Christmas tree surrounded by presents illuminates the living room.A life-sized Santa Claus enlivens the casual atmosphere of the Eisenhowers' porch while, in the kitchen, gifts of sugar cookies and plum pudding await the arrival of the Eisenhower grandchildren. The dining room table is set for Christmas dinner and the Eisenhowers' Christmas records playing in the background add to the holiday atmosphere.
The Eisenhowers' specially designed White House Christmas cards are on exhibit, along with Christmas gift prints of the President's paintings.One of the original decorations on display is a 1950s handmade Christmas shadow box.Park interpreters are on hand to share Eisenhower family recollections of Christmas in Gettysburg.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily with shuttle buses leaving the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for youth ages 6 -12; children age 5 and under are admitted free.Advance reservations are available and highly recommended for groups.Reservations can be made by calling 877-874-2478.
For the holiday reception on December 8, shuttle buses will depart from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center on the hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.The Site is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Did You Know?
Dwight Eisenhower served as General MacArthur’s chief of staff in the Philippines in the 30s. Although quick to acknowledge MacArthur’s brilliant military mind, Eisenhower was frustrated with the General’s penchant for grandstanding and theatrics.