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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian to Participate in Teacher Workshop

Mon, 04/01/2013

For Immediate Release
April 1, 2013

Media Contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian to Participate in Teacher Workshop

“The Legacy of George Washington”
Free Workshop, April 20, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON, VA— Ohio teachers are invited to participate in a free professional development workshop featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Joseph Ellis, at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio. The April 20 program is part of the two-year George Washington Teaching Ambassador Program, funded by KnowledgeWorks.  Ellis will discuss George Washington’s legacy from a historical perspective and participate in a question and answer session with teachers.  Attendees will also hear memories of Washington from his treasury secretary, “Alexander Hamilton,” his step-granddaughter, “Nelly Custis,” and his enslaved manservant, “Billy Lee.”  The day will conclude with an appearance by “George Washington,” who will reflect on his legacy. 

“Ohio and the ‘Ohio Country’ played a significant role in George Washington’s life and in the development of his military and political skills,” said Melody Sawyer Richardson, Mount Vernon’s Vice Regent for Ohio. “Through the generous support of KnowledgeWorks, the Ohio George Washington Teaching Ambassador Program has allowed us to strengthen the connection between George Washington and Ohio and to bring free, content-rich programs on Washington’s leadership and the founding era to almost 200 educators and over 1,000 students in classrooms across Ohio over the last two years.”

For more information and to register for this seminar, please e-mail name, school, school address, grade/subject taught, phone number(s) to by April 16.   
About The George Washington Ohio Teaching Ambassador Program
This two-year initiative, funded by KnowledgeWorks, put Jason Anderson, a master teacher from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, on the ground in Ohio to work with educators across the state through a series of professional development workshops and events, contests for students, and to make lesson plans and other materials available to teachers through the Ohio blog, OhioGeorgeWashingtonwired. Mount Vernon is joined in this initiative by several Ohio partner institutions: the Ohio Department of Education, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Humanities Council, the Campus Martius Museum and, the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The Ohio George Washington Teaching Ambassador Program, for the last two years, has brought Washington’s legacy of leadership and civic responsibility to teachers throughout Ohio.  Working in partnership with museums across the state, Jason Anderson, the Ohio Teaching Ambassador, has helped to coordinate four professional development workshops for teachers each year, which have included such historians and authors as Andrew Cayton, Peter Henriques, Edward Lengel, Holly Mayer, and Stuart Leibiger.


Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

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Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Regular admission rates: adults, $17.00; senior citizens, $16.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $8.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.