Hang George Washington . . .

March 16, 2009

. . . in your school.

George Washington, the porthole portrait by Rembrandt Peale

George Washington, the "porthole portrait" by Rembrandt Peale

I have a tie from the Save the Children Foundation, a picture drawn by a young child that shows a teacher in a classroom, with portraits of Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt on the classroom wall.  Where have those portraits gone?

At Mount Vernon this past weekend, with more than 20 teachers at the seminar I attended, a significant majority of us remembered those portraits in our classrooms.  Most of us don’t have such portraits today.

The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the group that saved Mount Vernon and operates it today, has  program to donate a large, canvas portrait of Washington to your school, the George Washington Portrait Program.  Two thousand schools have already received the framed portraits, and the program to distribute them, free of charge, to schools, has been extended.

Portraits come with an educational kit — a U.S. flag, flown at General Washington’s home, lesson plans for elementary schools, and a CD-ROM with information for middle and high schools.

Here are the instructions on how to request a portrait for your school.  Here is more information on the program. If you can afford to make a donation, feel free.

Portrait of George Washington, available free to schools, displayed on the grounds of Mount Vernon.  Photo, Mount Vernon Ladies Association

Portrait of George Washington, available free to schools, displayed on the grounds of Mount Vernon. Photo, Mount Vernon Ladies Association


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