George Washington

The FDR Library Will Display Washington’s “Acts of Congress” August 13-23

HYDE PARK, NY — From August 13 to August 23, 2013, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives and Records Administration and George Washington's Mount Vernon will display President Washington's personal copy of the Constitution, "Acts of Congress," at the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. An opening reception and talk by Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Vice Regent Boyce Ansley will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.

Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association Names Dr. Douglas Bradburn Library Director

MOUNT VERNON, VA—The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association today tapped a noted American history scholar, Dr. Douglas Bradburn, to serve as the founding director of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Opening September 27, the Library is the latest initiative for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which owns and operates George Washington’s historic estate.

Hail to the Chief: Presidential History in Word and Image at SMU’s DeGolyer Library

DALLAS (SMU) — George Washington’s personal copy of the Acts of Congress, which includes the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, will be displayed July 14-27 at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. The 106-page volume is emblazoned with Washington’s bookplate and includes his handwritten notes in the margins.

Washington’s document will be part of DeGolyer Library’s summer exhibit, “Hail to the Chief: American Presidential History in Word and Image,” July 14-Oct. 4, 2013.

Rockwell Exhibition Closes, Two New Exhibitions Open at Crystal Bridges

BENTONVILLE, AR — The halls of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art were especially busy this spring, as visitors from near and far came to view American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, a traveling exhibition organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. When the exhibition concluded on May 27 after its 11-week duration, more than 121,000 people had visited the museum to view it.

Inaugural Memorabilia from Seth Kaller and University Archives

January 2013 — The inauguration of Presidents has always sparked great interest in the memorabilia that goes along with the festivities. From President George Washington to FDR, a wealth of artifacts, original documents and media coverage of the day is available from a collection called HISTORY YOU CAN OWN, presented by a group of experts on museum quality items from U.S. history.  Among the group is Seth Kaller, whose group offers two galleries, one in Westport and one in Greenwich Connecticut, showcasing the items that are also available for sale.

World Record for American Book/Document at Christie's

New York - On June 22, at Christie’s New York, George Washington’s annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1789) sold for $9,826,500, setting a new world auction record for an American book or historical document. After 223 years, it remains in near-pristine condition, with Washington’s bold signature and his armorial bookplate. Remarkably, in the margins of the Constitution, Washington has added careful brackets and marginal notes.

The Morgan Library's Summer Americana Exhibit

New York, NY, June 4, 2012—The Morgan Library & Museum will open its vault again this summer for an exhibition of twenty-nine exceptional items from its permanent collections, including its noted holdings of important Americana. The works will go on view Tuesday, June 5 in the museum’s historic 1906 McKim building, and range from Noah Webster’s Dictionary manuscript, to revealing letters by Ernest Hemingway and James Madison, to music manuscripts by Mozart, Debussy, Schubert, and Haydn. The display will remain on view through September 8.

Swann's Most Successful Book Auction Ever: Allyn Kellogg Ford Collection

New York—Swann Galleries’ Autograph and Revolutionary Americana auction on April 17 featured the collection of Allyn Kellogg Ford, sold to benefit the Minnesota Historical Society. The sale shattered numerous records and totaled more than $2 million with buyer’s premium, making it the most successful auction in the long history of the Swann book department. The phone bidding was so heavy that the morning session went an hour longer than expected, extending past the scheduled start of the afternoon session.