The Seventh Annual George Washington Teachers’ Institute
“Establishing a Nation: The Constitution”
July 21-22, 2008
“We exhibit at present the Novel and astonishing Spectacle of a whole People deliberating calmly on what form of government will be the most conducive to their happiness; and deciding with an unexpected degree of unanimity in favour of a System which they conceive calculated to answer the purpose.” – George Washington, 1788
Educators, we welcome your reservations to attend the Seventh Annual George Washington Teachers’ Institute, which will take place on July 21-22 at Mount Vernon. 2008′s Institute will focus on the Constitution and feature the usual array of noted historians and authors, including Cokie Roberts, Woody Holton, John Kaminski, Katherine Allgor, Harlow Unger, Ken Bowling, and Linda Monk. For more details and the daily agenda, read on or download the schedule flyer here.
Reservations are absolutely required.
Please reserve by calling 703-799-8604 or emailing Education@mountvernon.org.
Spaces are limited for this popular event; you may be placed on a waiting list.
George Washington’s role as President of the Constitutional Convention is often overlooked. He began writing of the need to establish a strong, independent nation under one “Federal Head” long before the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia in 1787.
On July 21 and 22, 2008, noted historians and authors Woody Holton, John Kaminski, Katherine Allgor, Harlow Unger, Ken Bowling, and Linda Monk will convene at Mount Vernon’s annual George Washington Teachers’ Institute to share their insights on the Constitution from its inception at the Constitutional Convention through its application during the First Federal Congress.
On July 22, ABC commentator and author Cokie Roberts joins the program to moderate the concluding panel discussion, “The Constitution and the Disenfranchised,” featuring Woody Holton and Katherine Allgor. The panel will explore how the Constitution, as written by the framers, addressed the needs of the lower classes, women, free blacks, and slaves.
The program concludes with the presentation of the 2008 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year award, followed by a book signing and a private cocktail reception on the piazza of Washington’s home.
Reserve a spot to join us at the Smith Auditorium at Mount Vernon for this exciting and FREE program for teachers!
Due to the Institute’s popularity, spaces are limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 703-799-8604 or email Education@mountvernon.org to reserve your spot. You may be placed on a waiting list; reserve early to avoid disappointment!