Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series
at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
Funded by the Horatio Hall Whitridge and Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Endowment
A Colonial Williamsburg Admissions Ticket, Museum Pass, or Good Neighbor Card provides access for the public for most lectures. See individual lecture descriptions for any additional ticket or reservation requirements.
March 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Hennage Auditorium
An Amiable Gentleman: The Softer Side of George Washington
Abigail Adams wrote that George Washington mixed his dignity with an easy affability that created love and reverence. This talk will focus on the "softer side" of George Washington that was an essential part of his personality before 1775 and an essential reason for his success in the years following his appointment at Commander in Chief. Contrary to the traditional view, Washington had a sense of humor, indeed an earthy sense of humor, and enjoyed many forms of recreation and personal pleasures.
$5 program ticket required in addition to museum admission
Programs and exhibitions at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.