Monday, February 8, 2016

Becoming George: The George Washington Manuscript Collection at Morristown National Historical Park

Drew Library Conversations on Collecting Series

Jude PfisterHear how America’s favorite founder found his voice, his character, and his reputation through the nib of his pen. Washington’s papers, rather than clarifying the man, only deepen the mystery of this larger than life figure. Everything from his writing style to the way he crafted his signature evolved along with his many roles during the founding of the United States.

Join Morristown NHP Chief of Cultural Resources Dr. Jude M. Pfister (G’07) as he talks about the over 400 Washington manuscripts (including two from Martha) in the park’s archival collection. Learn how the collection was put together by organizations during the late 19th and early 20th centuries before being gifted to Morristown NHP.
Dr. Pfister will also discuss some of the various attempts to codify Washington’s manuscripts since his death in 1799. This story is partly told in his 2014 (McFarland Press) book, America Writes Its History, The Formation of a National Narrative, 1650-1850. Dr. Pfister’s presentation will also include some special “show-and-tell” items.

WHERE: Drew University Rose Memorial Library 2nd floor Pilling Room

WHEN: February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

COST: Free

Copy: Drew University events page

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