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Honoring Lady Washington, Character Interpretation at Historic Sites
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This year, the Annual Martha Washington Lecture pays special tribute to the groundbreaking career of Mary Wiseman, who recently retired from her role officially portraying Martha Washington at Mount Vernon for the past 17 years. She will be joined by public historians Beth Kelly of Colonial Williamsburg and Christy Coleman of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, who will discuss the broader field of character interpretation at historic sites and the many ways in which the popular discipline helps to educate the visiting public. They will be led in conversation by Mount Vernon’s Director of Interpretation, Jeremy Ray. This annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.