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Experience... is the best rule to walk by. --George Washington to John Parke Curtis, West Point, August 24, 1779

SPRING 2003, Seattle:
“George Washington: A National Treasure” on Tour
Tennessee Declares GW Education Day
A Blast From the Past
Not Our Finest Hour
Death Be Not Proud
Trippin' Through Time
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* WINTER 2003, Los Angeles
* FALL 2002, Las Vegas
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The Patriot Papers
print-friendly version MIDDLE SCHOOL, SPRING 2003, SEATTLE

Young GW reenactor Cody Hartley comes "face to face" with George.

State of tenessee catches the spirit and declares gw education day

Tennessee caught the spirit and declared December 17, 2002, George Washington education day throughout the state. West Elementary School in Mount Juliet hosted the event where educators from the Smithsonian presented the state of Tennessee with a framed reproduction of the original “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington. The day was celebrated with tricorn hats, knee-high stockings, and a red, white, and blue-flocked Christmas tree. Costumed students presented a living timeline that debunked common myths about the founding father, including the myth that Washington wore wooden teeth. (Actually his teeth were made from human’s teeth, cow’s teeth, and ivory.) Other students read their winning essays on Washington and even reenacteed Washington’s famous crossing of the Deleware. Nevada and South Carolina held similar celebrations.

Although the 205-year-old potrait will visit only eight cities, the National Portrait Gallery hoped to affect all 50 states. “Our goal is to create excitement about George Washington as an American hero,” said NPG education director Carol Wyrick. “The greatest legacy he left us was his selfless service to his fellow man. We’re asking all Americans to follow his example and give time to both country and community.”


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