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

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.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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