At Gilcrease --- "Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon"

Jun 22, 2012

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we're joined by Elizabeth Chambers, the collections manager for the Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens, who's currently in town to help set-up a show opening at the Gilcrease Museum on Sunday the 24th. It's a traveling exhibit, "Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon," that will be on view at Gilcrease through September 23rd. What do we know, for certain, about "the Father of Our Country"? We instantly recognize his face, and his political and military accomplishments are widely known, but who was the real George Washington? What sort of person was he? What were his younger days (and his early adulthood) like? And is it true that he was, throughout his life, more interested in farming and business affairs than in government and statesmanship? "Discover the Real George Washington" offers approximately 100 original objects from the life of Washington himself --- including the only surviving, complete set of his famous dentures; it's a show that's presented in eleven sections, ranging from his youth to his final days. And as Chambers tells us on today's program, there are also some interesting artifacts that stem directly from Washington's little-known (or little-remembered) espionage efforts. (You can much more about this show at the Gilcrease Museum website.)