Last month, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Garden’s traveling exhibition Discover the Real George Washington: New Views From Mount Vernon, completed it’s run at the Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA). The exhibition is now on view at the North Carolina Museum of History through January 21, 2011.
With just over 100 objects, one will find the only surviving complete set of Washington’s dentures made of ivory, human teeth and animal teeth; and three life-size figures of Washington based on cutting-edge forensic research, showing him at different stages. The exhibition does a wonderful job in revealing stories of his role as a young land surveyor, farmer, entrepreneur, our nation’s first president, his achievements, and his family life.
In addition, the museum produced an exhibition showing Washington’s ties to the state of North Carolina. The museum focuses on Washington’s experiences as a surveyor at the Great Dismal Swamp in 1763 and his 1791 presidential tour through North Carolina. The museum has also produced a small lobby exhibit about Washington’s lifelong friendship with the Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who came to the United States to support the cause of American independence. Lafayette later visited North Carolina as part during a much-celebrated tour of the United States. Visitors can view artifacts concerning Lafayette in the American Revolution, as well as memorabilia related to his 1825 visits to Fayetteville and Raleigh.