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NSSAR Collaborates with the McConnell Center to Host Professional Development on George Washington for Area Teachers


In collaboration with the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, on Friday evening, November 8, 2013, the NSSAR hosted over 20 area social studies teachers for a sneak peak of the “Many Faces of George Washington” exhibit.


The goal of this professional development seminar was to offer area teachers an opportunity to learn more about George Washington, network with fellow teachers, and increase exposure for SAR’s educational resources.  The featured speaker of the evening was Dr. Gary Gregg, Director of the McConnell Center and an expert on George Washington.  His speech was titled “The Proper Exits from Stage: How George Washington Saved the Republic, Left the Presidency, and Emancipated his Slaves.”  Teachers from all over Kentucky participated in the event and enjoyed refreshments while listening to Dr. Gregg and viewing the exhibit.  The teachers were all members of the McConnell Center Teacher Scholars Program or the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative.  Teachers inquired about possible field trip and other educational opportunities at the SAR.


“The Many Faces of George Washington,” is a national travelling exhibition that examines the multi-dimensional, real-life man behind the myth. Produced by George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, this exhibition presents the many different facets of Washington’s leadership through dazzling color graphics of paintings, photographs, and iconic objects from the Mount Vernon collections.


“The Many Faces of George Washington” looks at Washington’s leadership in the exhibition’s seven sections: Virginia Childhood, Risk Taker, Realistic Visionary, Wise Decision Maker, Impassioned Learner, Visionary Entrepreneur, and At Home at Mount Vernon.  The exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation. 


This event is just one of several being held in conjunction with the exhibit.  Other events include hosting hundreds of area students for field trips that include viewing the exhibit, collaboration on a book review of Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life with The Alexander Hamilton Society, as well as hosting a naturalization ceremony and reception with over 200 new citizens.


“The Many Faces of George Washington” exhibit will be on display through December 16, 2013.  It is free and open to the public.