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Oklahoma & George Washington: New Distance Learning Broadcast for Schools

Thu, 02/12/2009

Oklahoma Schools Encouraged to Sign Up for Special Program
For Immediate Release
February 12, 2009

Media Contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
mwood@mountvernon.org

 

Oklahoma & George Washington: New Distance Learning Broadcast for Schools               

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Oklahoma schools are invited to register for a free distance learning program, “Nation to Nation,” scheduled to air in schools across the country on March 31. This program, recorded at the Oklahoma History Center, will explore whether Washington’s Indian diplomacy and policies set the stage for 19th century America.  Panelists will also discuss how Washington’s beliefs and practices shaped his policies and whether or not they were carried out in his legacy.  This program is presented by Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens in partnership with The Oklahoma History Center through the generous support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  Schools can sign up for the broadcast through the Fairfax County Public School System’s website: http://www.fcps.edu/fairfaxnetwork.

Moderated by Gerard Baker, superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Park, the program’s panel will include Scott Casper, author of Sarah Johnson’s Mount Vernon;  Fred Anderson, University of Colorado; Brett Rushforth, College of William and Mary; and Robert Miller, Lewis and Clark Law School.  The “Nation to Nation” distance learning program is part of the George Washington Teaching Ambassador program, a two-year initiative that puts Oklahoma teacher Jan McClaren on the ground to work with educators across the state.

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Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

Public Information:
703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); Visit.MountVernon.org

About The Oklahoma History Center
The Oklahoma Museum of History is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. In addition to participating in and fully supporting the overall mission of the OHS to preserve and perpetuate the history of Oklahoma and its people by collecting, interpreting and disseminating knowledge of Oklahoma and the Southwest, the museum collects, preserves and interprets the complete history of Oklahoma for everyone. The museum fulfills its mission through the application of the highest standards of collections care, the presentation of diverse in-house and traveling exhibits, and multi-disciplinary educational programs. An architectural masterpiece, a decade in the making, the Oklahoma History Center was designed by the firm of Beck Associates of Oklahoma City in collaboration with the firm Helmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum of St. Louis, Missouri. Haley Sharpe Design Limited of Washington, D.C and Leicester, Great Britain designed each of the five historic and interactive exhibits.

About the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
The Donald W Reynolds foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded by the late media entrepreneur for whom it was named. Reynolds was the founder and principal owner of the Donrey Media Group. When he died in 1993, the company included over 70 businesses, the majority of which were in the communications/media field. Headquartered in Las Vegas, the Reynolds Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. For more information visit online at www.dwreynolds.org.

About Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & 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, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon