Resources

George Washington

George Washington: A National Treasure, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
http://georgewashington.si.edu/
This exhibit focuses on the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796. Users may explore this portrait through three different filters: symbolic, biographic, or artistic. Each filter provides background information, and offers an interpretation of each element. In addition, the site contains biographical information on Washington’s life, a teacher’s guide with nine lesson plans on Washington and a chronology of his life, and a teaching section that asks students to find follow clues to locate missing parts of the portrait.
Rediscovering George Washington, PBS
http://www.pbs.org/georgewashington/
This companion site to the PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington, introduces users to the life of George Washington. The site is organized into eight sections including: “Washington: Father of His Country,” an introduction summarizing Washington’s life and career; “Washington in the Classroom,” a collection of detailed lesson plans for grades 9-12; and “Timeline: George Washington’s Life,” a chronology of the milestones of his life. The site also contains a “Multimedia Room” that includes 11 audio clips of scholars discussing Washington’s importance. The website provides a modest collection of 150 of Washington’s letters and the “Book of Etiquette” that Washington transcribed when he was 16 years old.
Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
http://www.mountvernon.org/
This site is a useful introduction to the life and home of Washington and includes a virtual tour of the Mount Vernon mansion. An Educational Resources section offers a fifth-grade lesson plan, complete with trivia about Washington, excerpts from Rules on Civility, and anecdotes from his military career and presidency; a 2000-word essay on Washington’s attitude toward slavery and information on his slaves’s lives, including links to a facsimile copy of Washington’s 1798 slave census and 18 paintings and artifacts depicting the everyday lives of Mt. Vernon’s slaves.
The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799, University of Virginia Library
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/washington/fitzpatrick/index.html
This site represents a valuable resource for studying the Revolutionary Era. Materials available include 17,500 letters and documents written by Washington between 1749 and 1799, and a powerful search feature that allows users to limit searches by recipient and year.
George Washington Papers, 1741–1799, American Memory, Library of Congress
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/
This collection of approximately 65,000 documents (including correspondence, letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial account books, military records, reports, and notes) written by or to George Washington is the largest collection of original Washington documents in the world. The site includes a number of helpful features: a timeline with annotations to relevant documents; a 1,500-word essay on Washington’s letterbooks; an essay entitled “Creating the American Nation”; an 8,500-word essay on his diaries; an 11,500-word essay on the publication history of Washington’s papers; and a 4,500-word essay on Washington’s career as a surveyor and map-maker.