September 24, 2012

The George Washington Legacy Challenge

Important funding for George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore.
The George Washington Legacy Challenge is a dollar-for-dollar match of each gift to the Foundation of $1,000 or more received by December 31, 2012.
This grant is made by a generous donor family who believes in the vision and mission of The George Washington Foundation. With your help, the GWLC will enable history education and preservation at these two National Historic Landmarks. The stories of the Washingtons and Lewises and their households are supported by the preservation of Historic Kenmore and Ferry Farm. The CONSERVATION of the collections and the landscape; and the ARCHAEOLOGY AND SCHOLARSHIP all inform EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING across both Foundation sites. 
Thank you to each and every visitor, contributor, and corporate partner for your ongoing support of The George Washington Foundation. Please contact the Development Office for more information on the George Washington Legacy Challenge.

Conservation and Refurnishing of the Rooms at Kenmore

The Collections Committee and the curatorial staff are busy taking a comprehensive look at the pieces from the collection that will be reintroduced into the house.

Refurnishing plans are being developed as Aldrich Director of Curatorial Operations Meghan Budinger and her staff begin the meticulous refurnishing of the rooms of Historic Kenmore.

You can follow the progress--and the challenges--on Meghan's blog. Here, you will learn about the inner workings behind this major endeavor such as how tiny nail holes can speak volumes about the 18th-century Lewis bed, or the research involved in the reproduction floor cloths for the passages (see image above). Be sure to bookmark this page on the Foundation's website and return often for updates on this initiative.

Educational Programming

The education staff tells the stories of the lives of the Washingtons and Lewises and their families through daily programs, workshops, and special events. Director of Education Alma Withers is leading a growing team of educators that is expanding and enhancing history programming at both sites.

Community involvement at events goes hand-in-hand with outreach programs to local schools. History Theater engages all ages as performances tell the Washington and Lewis stories.

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Archaeology and Scholarship at Ferry Farm

The 2012 summer dig and field school drew the largest number of college students in the history of Ferry Farm archaeology. Director of Archaeology Dave Muraca and Site Director Laura Galke said that, this year, the students and interns came from a wonderfully diverse list of universities. What they uncovered this summer was rich in content and will inform educational programming in the years ahead.

Archaeology Lab Supervisor Melanie Marquis and Ceramics and Glass Specialist Mara Kaktins are re-assembling pieces of ceramics for display at the Ferry Farm Visitor Center. These artifacts help interpret the lives of the Washington family in the place where they lived.

Historic Kenmore continues to amaze visitors with its splendid plaster work and carvings. Special behind-the-scenes family tours are available.

Re-enactors at special events help visitors experience what life was like during the Revolution and for citizens in the 18th century. From military drills to sewing and cooking, life in the colonies was hard work.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 7 Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community Day at Ferry Farm
Oct. 24 Homeschool Day at Kenmore
Nov. 3 Gingerbread House Workshop
Nov. 10 Advanced Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec. 1-30 Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit at Kenmore
Dec. 8-9 Fire on the Rappahannock, a Civil War Sesquicentennial event at Ferry Farm
Dec. 2 Candlelight Tours at Kenmore
Dec. 3-21 Preschool Gingerbread Workshops
Dec. 10-30 Train Exhibits at Ferry Farm
Details are available on our website.