Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting
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National Christmas Tree lighting
In this black and white photograph, Girl Scout Margaret Lusby presents roses to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the National Tree Lighting on December 24,1933. The first lady of the country has served as the honorary National President of the Girl Scouts ever since Edith Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, began the tradition in 1917. Accompanying Mrs. Roosevelt are President Roosevelt and their granddaughter, “Sistie” (Anna Eleanor) Dall.
In this photograph, National Park Service photographer Abbie Rowe captures President Dwight Eisenhower at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony taken December, 24, 1953. The National Tree lighting ceremony started in 1923 during the Coolidge administration and has become a treasured tradition in Washington, D.C. Rowe was a prolific photographer, providing extensive coverage of the presidency from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Lyndon B. Johnson administrations.