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. 

George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief

November 10-13, 2016
Lead Scholar: Dr. Christopher Pearl

The United States was born in an age of war and revolution. The Seven Years' War and the American Revolution both serve as a touchpoints for teaching about George Washington’s individual contributions and the broader impact of these conflicts on 18th-century society. From Washington’s own leadership challenges and opportunities, to the decisions individual men and women made to join the Patriot cause, the sessions during this program will help students understand the complexity and significance of war in the creation of the country.

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