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Archive for May, 2008

May 8, 2008

Two Thousand Portraits of George on the Wall…

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As you may have heard, Mount Vernon’s recent initiative to “bring George Washington back to school” has proven a resounding success! To date, about 2,000 schools have received (and about 4,000 schools have requested) our free, framed reproductions of Rembrandt Peale’s Porthole Portrait of George Washington. All portraits are accompanied by a “George Washington Celebration Kit” of teaching resources and an American flag that has been flown over Mount Vernon (courtesy of a small army of energetic Mount Vernon volunteers!). Recipients have shared gracious letters of thanks praising the portrait‘s potential to inspire students and other members of the school community.

We’re grateful that schools have so enthusiastically responded to this effort to restore the first president’s portrait to our nation’s K-12 educational institutions. We also appreciate the kind patience of schools currently on our waiting list. Finally, enormous thanks are due to the many generous private donors responsible for funding this ongoing project. (Mount Vernon does not receive government funding of any kind.) We will continue to provide portraits for as long as we’re able!

View answers to common questions about our portrait program!

Enjoy our online jigsaw puzzle version of the portrait!

First Lady Laura Bush at Washington Mill Middle School\'s Portrait Dedication Ceremony


Category: Classroom Connections, George Washington, Research/Lectures, Slavery, Teacher Resources, Washington Portraits

May 8, 2008

DC-Area Teachers: Two Weeks Left to Apply for $5,000 Award!

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Magnificent and Motivating Teachers: This is just a friendly reminder that Mount Vernon is about to conclude the search for our 2008 History Teacher of the Year. We welcome applications from the best teachers in our “neighborhood” of the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Only two weeks remain until the application deadline of May 21, 2008!

For information about how to apply, please consult our earlier posting. Good luck, and a proud Huzzah! in advance to the worthy winner!

Category: Awards, Teacher Resources

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Portraits in Schools

Kids holding George Washington Portrait

Mount Vernon recently invited K-12 schools nationwide to request framed portraits of George Washington to display in a respectful, prominent place.

The response was overwhelming: thousands of schools submitted letters! Along with the portrait, schools received curriculum materials to help explore our first president’s contributions.

Where has George Washington gone back to school? Click here to see!

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