Celebrating the life and legacy of the nation's first president, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and the George Peabody Library are presenting A Tribute to George Washington. This exhibition, which marks the bicentennial year of Washington's death, opened Aug. 9 and will be on display at the George Peabody Library through Thursday, Nov.18.
The exhibition highlights Washington's expansive personal interests as well as historical public tributes to him following his death on Dec. 14, 1799. It consists of approximately 50 objects drawn from the Mount Vernon collections, along with loans from the George Peabody Library. This impressive collection of books, prints and photographs spans topics like literature, farming, gardening, travel and history. It also includes a sample of rare books from the same editions as those titles found in Washington's personal library of over 900 volumes. Historical eulogies, engravings, images of Baltimore's elegant Washington monument and 10 Washington biographies, considered by Washington scholars to be the most insightful, will be on display to depict the lasting legacy of this national hero.
This exhibition was planned as part of this year's Baltimore Book Festival, which will be dedicated to George Washington. The annual festival will be held from Friday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 26, around the Washington Monument in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon. The Mount Vernon (Va.) Ladies' Association has managed George Washington's home under a charter from the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1858.
Admission to the Peabody Library and the exhibit is free; hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. The library will be open throughout the Baltimore Book Festival weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.