George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government
October 27-30, 2016
Lead Scholar: Dr. Denver Brunsman
The Constitutional Convention, the ratification of the Constitution, and the first presidency are recognized as political milestones for George Washington and our nation’s founding. Explore the controversy, challenges, and opportunities of inventing a nation and the presidency in the context of the 18th century. Sessions at the Washington Library will highlight diverse primary sources, like artwork, place, and documents and model interactive activities that support student learning. Experiences at Washington’s historic Mount Vernon shape the complex portrayal of a man who embraced his responsibilities as a citizen, and whose contemporaries looked to him for leadership.