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Life Portrait of George Washington
In the first of a series of life portraits of American presidents, Mr. Smith and Mr. Rees discussed the life and career of George Washington. They further talked about the history of Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Various rooms and quarters at Mount Vernon were shown. The guests also responded to telephone calls from viewers. Austen Blakesly was interviewed by telephone about why his middle school was named for President Washington.6,075 views
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Reenactment of George Washington Funeral
Over 250 reenactors at Mount Vernon, including descendants of Washington and his slaves, recreated the funeral of George Washington the mark the 200th anniversary of his death. Several participants read remarks by Washington’s contemporaries expressing sympathy for his death, while others, dressed in period clothing recreated the remarks made at the funeral. Before and after the funeral guests commented on the ceremony and telephone lines were opened for audience comments and questions.2,702 views