Open right now on the downtown square in Athens is an exhibit celebrating the many facets of George Washington, our nation’s first president.
Athens State University Foundation is sponsoring “The Many Faces of George Washington,” a national traveling exhibition that examines the multi-dimensional, real-life first president.
Residents can see the exhibit now through the end of October at ASU’s Center for Lifelong Learning, located on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. A public reception for the exhibit will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1.
“This is a good example of the types of community outreach the university offers, and it exemplifies the mission of our Center for Lifelong Learning,” said Vice President Rick Mould who heads the ASU Foundation.
The exhibit is 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 national tour has been made possible by a generous grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation.
In addition and to celebrate the exhibit, the Foundation is making a gift of framed replicas of Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of George Washington to hang permanently in each of Athens’ elementary schools and the intermediate school.
“Portraits of Washington used to be commonplace in classrooms,” Mould said. “The Foundation agreed that with the area school system’s focus on leadership it would be appropriate that they each have a visual representation of our country’s most celebrated role model.”
Admission to the exhibit is free and it is open to the public.
The Center for Lifelong Learning is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays. Call 256-233-8296 for details or go online to www.athens.edu.