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Lunch Bite Object Talk
December 16, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Sacred to the Memory of Washington
To commemorate the 217th anniversary of George Washington’s death on December 14, 1799, Ellen Clark, library director, presents Sacred to the Memory of Washington. The elegantly bound volume of eulogies and orations celebrating his life and achievements was assembled in 1800 by Mary Ellis of New Brunswick, New Jersey. The selection of twenty-five printed pamphlets are representative of the hundreds of public tributes to Washington that were given around the nation at the request of Congress in early 1800. The compiler of the volume, Mary Ellis, was the sister-in-law of Col. Anthony Walton White, a legendary figure of the southern campaign during the Revolutionary War and an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the volume of eulogies and other items from the collections commemorating the death of George Washington.