Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Will the Real George Washington Please Stand Up?

Mrs. Ranney's class has recently begun a unit on the 
history of our country and government.

Certainly,  we can't think of the beginning of the 
United States of America without thinking about

George Washington!
(also known as The Father of Our Country)

During a recent visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library,

Mrs. Ranney was able to view the temporary exhibit called
Discover the Real George Washington! 

The exhibit helps viewers get to know what George Washington 
was really like, what he thought was important, and what
his special talents were.

This scale model diorama of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home in Virginia was on display.
Each inch represented about one foot.


Three very special parts of the exhibition were the life-size models of George Washington. Each one represented a different age and important event in his life. These figures were created using some amazing technology!  Articles of Washington's own clothing, a life mask created by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, and even Mr. Washington's dentures were all part of the process used to figure out exactly what he would have looked like at these stages of his life!

George Washington as a 19-year-old surveyor

Some of Washington's surveying equipment

General Washington during the Revolutionary War

President Washington taking the oath of office in 1789

There were many other interesting displays and artifacts!

The signing of The Constitution

Mr. Washington's very own dentures!
The Washington Family Bible
A beautiful gown worn by First Lady, Martha Washington

In addition, two years ago when Mrs. Ranney was spending time with her
daughter in New York, she was able to visit the Fraunces Tavern Museum, an important meeting place during the Revolutionary War. When the war was over, this is where
 General Washington celebrated with his men!

What did you find most interesting in this post?

What facts can you add about George Washington 
or this important period in United States history?
Use World Book Online
to do some additional research.
Remember to take notes first. Then rewrite your notes 
in your own words in your comment!


  1. Dear Class,

    I learned some facts about George Washington {also known as the Father of our country}. Did you know that Washington commanded the Army that won American independence from Britain {England} in the American Revolution? He also became our first National President. I hope you enjoyed the facts I've shared with you.


    1. Well done, Josh! I know I can always depend on you to leave a great comment!
      In the words of an American colonist,
      Huzzah! Huzzah!
      Mrs. Ranney

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    My favorite picture was the diorama because it is so realistic. It also makes me feel like George Washington is still here.

    Best Wishes,

    1. @Grace,
      I agree! I really enjoyed the scale model of Mt. Vernon, Mr. Washington's home in Virginia.

      How about doing some research and finding out some more facts about George Washington that you can share in a comment?

      Mrs. Ranney

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Andrew and I went to the Ronald Regan Library together. We got many great pics that we will share with you sometime this week. My favorite thing was George Washington's dentures. We learned that he had 8 different sets dentures and none were wooden. We also saw a video of the Revolutionary War.

    Your classmate,

    1. @Josh,
      I am so glad that you and Andrew were able to visit the Washington exhibit! I thought his dentures were pretty interesting too. There has been so much published over the years about Washington having wooden teeth, so it was especially fascinating to find out that is not what they were made from at all!

      What did you learn from watching the video about the Revolutionary War? How about sharing some facts about it here?

      I'm looking forward to seeing your photos!

      Huzzah! Huzzah!
      Mrs. Ranney

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    My family and I visit the Ronald Reagan Library a few times of year. Our favorite day is Colonial Days! In 1787 At the Constitution Convention, George Washington was unanimously chosen as president. He was a very honest man and loved by all. Here is a famous quote from our fearless leader!
    "I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy."

    – George Washington


    1. @Michael,
      It is wonderful that you and your family visit the Reagan Library regularly! I hope you'll have an opportunity to see the Washington exhibit!

      I have not been there for Colonial Days. I will definitely have to check that out!

      Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful quote by the Father of Our Country!

      Great job!
      Mrs. Ranney

    2. Dear Class,

      Josh and I went to the Ronald Reagan Library on Sunday. First, we checked out some Reagan facts. Then, at the very end of our visit, we went to the George Washington exhibit. We saw many pictures of George Washington. We saw a big diagram of Mount Vernon. Also, we saw life size figure of George Washington taking the oath to become President. I can't wait to back again to see the next exhibit.

      Your Classmate,

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Over Spring Break, I went to the George Washington exhibit at The Ronald Reagan Library. We learned so many facts about him, my mom did not even know those facts!

    I even took the Oath Of Office and saw a set of his dentures. They were made out of hippopatamus ivory and real human teeth (not wood, like most people think!). We also watched a video on how they created the exhibit and how they made the mannequins of George. It was so amazing!

    George Washington and his wife, Martha, didn't have any children of their own, but she had some from a previous marriage.

    If you have not seen it I recumend going befor it goes on May 22nd.



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