Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy President's Day, 2014!

In honor of President's Day, I have republished this post from 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 Mrs. Ranney and class,

    The thing that I found most interesting in the article was the life-size sculptures of Washington. I looked in World Book Online and found out more about how Washington looked and how he lived. It said:

    1) He was over 6 feet tall.
    2) He had blue-grey eyes and dark brown hair.
    3) He grew up on a plantation that today is called Mount Vernon.

    See you tomorrow!


  2. Dear class,

    Here are some facts about George Washington that I found interesting:

    1) I thought it was interesting that his teeth were made out of ivory. I always heard it was wood.

    2) He stopped going to school at age 14.

    3) Sometimes his army had to march barefoot in the snow. Washington made sure they had dry shoes to wear in battle.




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