Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon

You see his face on the dollar bill every day, have heard the infamous (and most likely fabricated) cherry tree morality tale, and perhaps have even stared at his visage from a distance at Mount Rushmore. But like many iconic historical figures, George Washington remains an enigma. It is his humanity, as well as his heroic aspects, that will be explored in this exhibit featuring the first president of the United States. From his early days as an entrepreneurial land surveyor and experimental farmer, to his influential years as a war hero and politician, the exhibition supplements facts with personal effects including jewelry, wife Martha's wedding dress, and even a set of false teeth constructed of lead, ivory, and cow and human teeth. On display will also be a series of wax figures constructed using forensic research, clothing, and other techniques. Sunday afternoon's family-friendly event from noon to 4 p.m. features demonstrations, performances, and other special activities.
Feb. 22-May 29, 2011

 
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