Discover the Real George Washington

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Updated: 8/15/2012 2:08 pm Published: 7/31/2012 5:06 pm

Gilcrease Museum presents the travelling exhibition Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon through September 23. It’s a new way of looking at George Washington from a youth to an aging statesman. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is circulating the exhibition to nine venues nationwide. The national sponsor is The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

This exhibition hopes to bring alive the Washington all adults know about to the younger generation. The gallery presentation of over 100 objects includes three full-scale, forensically researched figures of the president as a young surveyor at age 19, the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, and the newly sworn first President; architectural models and decorative arts pieces; dioramas, maps, drawings, documents, manuscripts, and paintings; along with interactive computer programs and video-clip productions.

The presentation presents Washington’s views on the military, religion, marriage, slavery, politics, spying, and life as a Virginia planter.

A variety of program offerings assist in helping visitors and students, adults and children, better understand the “Father of our Country”:

Later this month, on August 25, Gilcrease Museum will stage two performances by Dean Malissa, Mount Vernon’s official and sole portrayer of George Washington. In September, visitors can attend a colonial music concert as well as see local actor Stephen Smith portray Benjamin Franklin. That program will discuss Franklin’s as well as Washington’s inventions.

Viewers can see the full program calendar by visiting

The first Tuesday of each month is TU Tuesday. Everyone can see the Washington exhibition for no charge on September 4. To encourage grandparents to visit with their grandchildren, admission for the entire month of August will be free for these particular family groups.

Admission is free to museum members and children age 18 and under every day. Otherwise, it is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (62 and older), active duty members of the U.S. Military, and individuals in groups of 10 or more; college students with a valid ID pay $5.

Individual programs carry an additional charge. Refer to the website listings for these amounts. Reservations are usually required. Contact Deborah Burke,, for more information.

Gilcrease Museum is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the third Tuesday of each month, galleries are open until 8 p.m. The Washington exhibition will be on display until Sunday, September 23, 2012.

Gilcrease Museum
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK

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