Join Tobias Lear, George Washington's personal secretary, and learn about 18th-century fashion and manners during this 45-minute presentation.



Included with general admission

In the Washingtons' world, one's clothes conveyed a great deal of information about the wearer. This program explores the fashions of 18th-century "polite society" to which the Washingtons belonged and how the styles changed during their lifetime. 

Tobias Lear also explains in this light-hearted program the proper behavior and manners expected of the polite society, as well as the influence of the Rules of Civility on George Washington's character.

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