Skip to comments.George Washington Finally Gets His Presidential Library
Posted on 09/27/2013 8:55:36 AM PDT by re_tail20
Since Franklin Roosevelt, every modern U.S. president has opened his own presidential library.
On Friday, President George Washington, the nations first, finally will get his turn, as a state-of-the-art presidential library is christened in his honor.
Washingtons beloved Mount Vernon steps into a bold new era with the formal opening of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
Some 800 dignitaries, officials, and VIPs will be on hand to witness the unveiling of a library purpose-built to preserve the original books and papers from Gen. Washingtons personal collection.
Noted historian and best-selling author David McCullough will be the keynote speaker.
The 45,000-square-foot library includes a residence for visiting scholars. The collection includes approximately 450 handwritten letters and manuscripts, including Washingtons personal diary. They will be housed in a secure area dubbed "The Vault."
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association the organization that owns and maintains Washingtons stately, colonial-era manse on the banks of the Potomac just west of the Nations Capital anticipates that the new library will trigger renewed scholarly study of Americas first president. It will host conferences, seminars, and educational programs available to every student in America via the Internet.
"Im absolutely thrilled," says philanthropist Gay Hart Gaines, former chairman of the associations board and a key planner and fundraiser who played an instrumental role in bringing the library to fruition. "Its so wonderful. The grand opening of the library is now a dream come true."
The library represents the fulfillment of one of Washingtons personal dreams as well.
After enduring humiliating setbacks early in the war, Washington pummeled British Lt. Gen. Edward Cornwallis into submission at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.
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The father of our country.
The indispensable man.
Imagine what we could accomplish if Americans would once again adopt his attitude of faith and principle in action:
“If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.” - George Washington
Gosh, that would bring about a revolution!
And only half in jest, consider this:
Kerry probably had cheek implants done, like Chelsea Clinton’s chin implant.
And thank you for your kind words--always appreciated.
Your Humble & Obdt. Svt,
Indeed...Mrs. Pharmboy pointed this out to me last week when he was on the telly. It looks like he’s had a surgical lift, fillers and BOTOX. And—they did a pretty good job in that he looks less like Lurch these days.
Wow! Thanks for the ping Pharmboy!
Thanks so much for the ping, Pharmboy! Great article...can’t wait to go visit Mount Vernon and the Library!
The rumbling, vibrations, and the temblors are from George rolling in his grave at the thought that the Park Service is blocking entry per tyranical Obumbum’s orders!
And this is taking place after the Mount Vernon Ladies Association had to explain to the Park Service that they had no authority to barricade Mount Vernon and NPS had the barrycades removed.
At the Eisenhower Library I learned Washington was Ike’s boyhood hero. You can see that in Ike’s talent for holding coalitions together and the class and humility with which he conducted himself.