The Real George Washington Exhibit Now Open in Fort Worth

George Washington 550x257Public Lecture Series for The Real George Washington: New Views From Mount Vernon Exhibit Kicks Off This Thursday with   New York Best Selling Author of Founding Gardeners, Andrea Wulf.

Approximately 100 original objects associated with George Washington “ including the only surviving complete set of his famous dentures “ are now on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as part of the Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon. The exhibition, which runs through January 22, 2012, goes beyond the iconic image on the dollar bill to reveal the real George Washington as not only a general and president but as a young land surveyor, experimental farmer, and savvy entrepreneur. Washington's views on religion and slavery, and the influence of his wife, Martha, are also explored in this exhibition which features life-size figures of Washington developed through a cutting-edge forensic investigation, engaging videos, original artifacts, intricate three-dimensional architectural models, and interactive displays. A dedicated web site,, and extensive educational programming are designed to enhance the exhibition and visitor experience.

She Is Dallas Info: The Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon special exhibit will be open to the public through January 22, 2012 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.     The Museum is located at 1600 Gendy St. in Fort Worth. Their hours are Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 5:00 and Sunday: Noon – 5:00.   Admission to main exhibits is $14 adults, $10 children/seniors.   For more information, please call 817-255-8300 or visit the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History website.   You can also follow Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Facebook and Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Twitter.

Public Lecture Series in Collaboration with Discover The Real George Washington: New Views From Mount Vernon

A series of lectures presented in collaboration with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's exhibition, Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, will take place over the course of the exhibition (Oct. 15, 2011-Jan. 22, 2012). All lectures will be presented in the Museum's Oak Room beginning at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for members, students, children (2-12) and seniors (60+).   Purchase tickets online at the Fort Worth Museum of Nature and Science website, by phone at 817-255-9540 or in person at the Museum Ticket Office. All educators are free with valid ID.

Exhibit Speaker Series:

  • October 27, 2011 “ Andrea Wulf is a New York Times Best Selling author and the noted author of Founding Gardeners. The New York Times has said the book is illuminating and engrossing  and combines the suspense of war and political debate with an intimate view of private lives devoted to the natural science ¦and faces the institution of slavery.  Founding Gardeners was number 32 on the New York Times Best Seller List.  Wulf will sign copies of “Founding Gardeners” immediately following the lecture. The book is available for sale in Shop Too!
  • November 3 , 2011 “ Dennis Pogue, Vice President of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, will be speaking on the topic of Independent Spirits: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry. During Pogue's tenure at Mount Vernon he managed several major restorations and preservations, including directing the research and then reconstruction of a variety of structures, such as the stone whiskey distillery, the 16-sided treading barn and four associated farm buildings, the dung repository, and the blacksmith's shop; among the original 18th-century structures that he has restored are the Servant's Hall, the Gardener's House, and several rooms in the Mansion.
  • November 10, 2011 “ Susan Schoelwer, curator at Historic Mount Vernon, will be speaking on the topic of Martha Washington and the Decorative Art. Schoelwer has written and lectured extensively on American decorative arts, painting, and women's history. Her most recent publication, Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art, and Family 1740-1840 is a catalog of the needlework collection of the Connecticut Historical Society, where she previously served as Director of Museum Collections. Shoelwer holds a doctorate in American Studies from Yale University and a master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.
  • January 10, 2012 “ Laura Simo, associate curator at Mount Vernon, will be speaking on Myths and Trivia About Washington. Did Washington ever chop down a cherry tree? What were his dentures really made of? Simo will explore fact, fiction, and the little known about our nation's first President through an illustrated talk featuring objects from Mount Vernon's collections.

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