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FREE HYBRID EVENT: “Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy” with Nathaniel Philbrick
November 29, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFREE
Two Ways To Attend
ATTEND IN PERSON
First Congregational Church
68 Main Street, Falmouth
REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE
The Church Sanctuary can accommodate 350 attendees. We will also set up an additional 125 chairs in the Fellowship Hall for additional attendees to view the livestream broadcast on a large screen. Face masks are required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and personalization.
LIVESTREAM THE TALK FROM HOME
Go to www.firstcongfalmouth.live, then click on the “Livestream Service” link. The broadcast will begin around 3:55 pm, five minutes before the scheduled 4 pm start of the event.
About the Book
TRAVELS WITH GEORGE
In Search of Washington and His Legacy
When George Washington became president in 1789, the United States of America was still a loose and quarrelsome confederation and a tentative political experiment. Washington undertook a tour of the ex-colonies to talk to ordinary citizens about his new government, and to imbue in them the idea of being one thing–Americans.
In the fall of 2018, Nathaniel Philbrick embarked on his own journey into what Washington called “the infant woody country” to see for himself what America had become in the 229 years since. Writing in a thoughtful first person about his own adventures with his wife Melissa and their dog Dora, Philbrick follows Washington’s presidential excursions: from Mount Vernon to the new capital in New York; a month-long tour of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island; a venture onto Long Island and eventually across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The narrative moves smoothly between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries as we see the country through both Washington’s and Philbrick’s eyes.
Travels with George grapples bluntly and honestly with Washington’s legacy as a man of the people, a reluctant president, and a plantation owner who held people in slavery. At historic houses and landmarks, Philbrick reports on the reinterpretations at work as he meets reenactors, tour guides, and other keepers of history’s flame. He paints a picture of eighteenth century America as divided and fraught as it is today, and he comes to understand how Washington compelled, enticed, stood up to, and listened to the many different people he met along the way–and how his all-consuming belief in the Union helped to forge a nation.
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