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2015 Calendar of Events
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DATE EVENT
February 16 Celebrate Presidents' Day with President and Mrs. Carter
March 21 Lillian Gordy Carter: The Play at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
March 28 Easter Egg Hunt at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm
April 18 Plains Presidential Auction
April 19 Junior Ranger Day 2015-April 19, 2015
May 2 Old Time Farm Day-May 2, 2015


February 16

Celebrate Presidents' Day with President and Mrs. Carter

PLAINS, Georgia: What better way to celebrate Presidents' Day than a visit from a former President and First Lady of the United States?  The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is pleased to host a Presidents' Day Celebration on February 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Plains High School Museum.  President and Mrs. Carter will speak on their time in the White House followed by a short question and answer session. 

Immediately following his lecture, President Carter will be available to autograph books he has authored with a limit of up to three books per person.  Due to time constraints, he will not be able to personalize the books or autograph any other items such as photographs.  Guests will be able to purchase books at the Eastern National bookstore located inside the Plains High School Museum. 

The Plains Depot will also be open on Presidents' Day.  The Plains Depot served as the 1976 Presidential Campaign Headquarters and highlights President Carter's political campaigns.  Likewise, the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm will be open to the public.  Visitors may experience a bit of nostalgia and learn about life in the 1930s by visiting President Carter's childhood home and farm.

Please check for upcoming events at www.nps.gov/jica.  For school field trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at (229) 824-4104.  There is no charge for this event or to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

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Lillian Gordy Carter: The Play at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

March 21, 2015 at 6:00PM

Plains, Georgia:  In honor of National Women's History Month, the staff at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) is pleased to honor the contribution of great women to the success of the American nation. Lillian Gordy Carter, mother of Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, was a well-known and respected registered nurse in Plains and Archery, GA. Lovingly referred to as Miss Lillian, she was best known for her caring and nurturing demeanor, best exemplified by her unwillingness to conform to racial stereotypes which dominated the segregated Jim Crow South.

To honor her memory and contributions to the American Presidency and thus the United States, the Plains Historical Preservation Trust has commissioned a play about Miss Lillian. Research conducted by Annette Wise and Kim Fuller was utilized to craft the play which transports the audience through the life of Miss Lillian, beginning with her nurses training at Wise Sanitarium in the 1920s and ending with the changes she endured during the mid-1970s as she entered into volunteer work through the Peace Corps in India. As the story unfolds, one learns of Miss Lillian's love for nursing and her unwavering ability to help those in need. The life of this remarkable woman is told through dramatic presentation as the viewer learns of some of the hardships as well as the joys of Miss Lillian's life.

Lillian Gordy Carter: The Play will be presented in partnership with the JCNHS, the Plains Historical Preservation Trust, and the Plains Better Hometown Program on March 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Plains High School (PHS) Museum auditorium. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be provided following the program. The staff of JCNHS would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend the event and learn about this influential woman, leader, and trailblazer to better understand the contributions of women to American history as well as the making of the 39th President of the United States.

The staff of the JCNHS look forward to meeting you for the performance. Please be sure to check for upcoming events at www.nps.gov/jica. Also, please join our online family by following us on Facebook at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Twitter at @JimmyCarterNHS1, and Instagram at jimmycarternps. For school field trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the site at (229) 824-4104. We look forward to meeting you.

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Easter Egg Hunt at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm

Plains, Georgia:  The staff of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) would like to invite you to attend our Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. This festive, kid-centered event will take place at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm located in nearby Archery, Georgia.

 This is the second year that the JCNHS has hosted the Easter Egg Hunt. Last year, over sixty-five visitors attended and the children enjoyed searching for the 1,200 plastic eggs that were hidden. The children were excited to discover that special eggs contained surprises such as “golden” certificates for free peanut butter ice cream or even candy.

This year, the hunt will be divided into three age group categories: (1) 3 and under, (2) ages 4-7, and (3) ages 8-12. Participants will then be allowed to hunt for the eggs in locations specified for their age grouping.

Guests of the event are encouraged to continue their day's activities by further exploring the childhood home of President Jimmy Carter. Visitors are welcome to walk the same paths a young Jimmy Carter would have once traversed. Walking tours of the farm, led by park staff, will be available at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Ranger Kevin Alexander will also be blacksmithing later in the afternoon, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m..

To pass your time after the egg hunt, we encourage you to explore both Plains High School and the Plains Depot. The former was where both President and Mrs. Carter attended school until their graduation in the eleventh grade. It currently serves as a museum as well as the visitor's center for the JCNHS. The Depot, aside from being the oldest building in Plains (built in 1888) also served as Jimmy Carter's 1976 Presidential Campaign Headquarters. Currently it houses an exhibit dedicated to an exploration of the Presidential Campaign. Also, be sure to ask the Ranger on duty about the park's Junior Ranger program.

The staff of the JCNHS look forward to meeting you there. Please be sure to check for upcoming events on social media or at www.nps.gov/jica. Also, come join our online community by following us on Facebook at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Twitter at @JimmyCarterNHS1, and Instagram at jimmycarternps. For school field trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at (229) 824-4104.

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April 19

Junior Ranger Day 2015-April 19, 2015

Plains, Georgia:  Looking to find a fun and exciting way to get your child interested in America's national parks? Would you like to inspire in your little one a respect for America's past and natural environment so that they may become more invested in helping create a better future? The staff at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) has an answer for you. Junior Ranger Day! Not only is this the perfect way to kick start our National Park Service Week-long extravaganza, but it's a day completely devoted to your little ones. Junior Ranger Day seeks to encourage America's youth to become engaged and actively involved in exploring and preserving America's past, present, and future through the National Park Service.

Since the first Junior Ranger Day was held in 2007, it has provided families with the opportunity to experience America's National Parks in a unique and kid-friendly way. The staff at the JCNHS would like to invite you to join us on April 19, 2015 as we celebrate a necessary and important part of our national parks, our Junior Rangers. Those wishing to participate in the day's festivities should first pick up a Junior Ranger Book from the park ranger stationed at the front desk at Plains High School (PHS). The Junior Ranger Book is full of information to encourage children to learn more about our 39th President, PHS, the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm, as well as the Plains Depot, which served as his 1976 campaign headquarters. Upon completion of the Junior Ranger Book, participants will receive a bag full of surprises. At this time, they will also be sworn-in as Junior Rangers, a wonderful photo opportunity for the family.

As part of National Park Service Week and starting on April 19, 2015, all children coming out to the farm that week will have the opportunity to make a pine cone bird feeder. With spring coming, the birds will just love them.

We hope to meet you there and until then abide by the Junior Ranger motto: “Explore, Learn, and Protect.

The staff of the JCNHS look forward to meeting you and your Junior Rangers. Please be sure to check for upcoming events at www.nps.gov/jica. Also, please join our online family by following us on Facebook at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Twitter at @JimmyCarterNHS1, and Instagram at jimmycarternps. For school field trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the site at (229) 824-4104.

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May 2

Old Time Farm Day-May 2, 2015

PLAINS, Georgia:  Have you ever wished you could just go back in time? Perhaps you've imagined transporting yourself back to ancient Egypt, or the Roman Empire. Maybe to Imperial China, the Ottoman Empire, or Renaissance Europe? Unfortunately, we at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) can't help you with this level of time travel. However, we can transport you back to Archery, Georgia circa 1937! The staff of the JCNHS would like to welcome you to join us for Old Time Farm Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015. From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., you will be transported back in time to the playground and residence of a young Jimmy Carter.

This special event, which is free and open to the public, highlights farm life on the Carter farm prior to the purchase of their first tractor during World War II. Visitors will be able to witness demonstrations which will give them a greater understanding and appreciation for the farming days of old. Demonstrations will include plowing with the site's two mules, sisters Belle and Bird, blacksmithing by Ranger Kevin Alexander, and peanut boiling, a task a young Jimmy Carter would have undertaken as a means to supplement his income as a young boy.

Visitors are encouraged to embrace the day's festivities as they walk along paths a young Jimmy would have traversed. Guests are encouraged to listen to the sounds of the natural world which surrounds them as they make their way around the miniature version of the original Carter Farm. Listen as the wind whistles through Miss Lillian's Pecan Orchard, or as the fire crackles beneath the boiling peanuts. Imagine the sound of a screen door slamming shut behind a young Jimmy heading back into the fields to work, or the humming of Mrs. Rachel Clark as she sweeps her yard. Let your imagination escape you as the pounding of Ranger Kevin's hammer transforms instead into Mr. Earl hard at work making shoes for the animals. Let your imagination run wild at our Old Time Farm Day.

We hope to meet you there! Please be sure to check for upcoming events on social media or at www.nps.gov/jica. Also, come join our online community by following us on Facebook at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Twitter at @JimmyCarterNHS1, and Instagram at jimmycarternps. For school field trip information and reservations, please visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at (229) 824-4104. Also, be sure to ask the Ranger on duty about our Junior Ranger program. Come Experience Your America (past and present) with the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

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