The Fort Plain Museum will host “America’s Matchless Man: The Leadership of George Washington,” a virtual celebration of George Washington’s birthday, on Monday, February 21st.
In this program, Professor Peter Henriques, author of First and Always: A New Portrait of George Washington (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2020) will examine the unique set of personality traits and variety of talents that enabled Washington to achieve success that would not have seemed possible given the obstacles he faced.
First and Always examines factors that coalesced to make Washington such a remarkable and admirable leader, while also chronicling how Washington mistreated some of his enslaved workers, engaged in extreme partisanship, and responded with excessive sensitivity to criticism. Henriques portrays a Washington deeply ambitious and always hungry for public adoration, even as he disclaimed such desires.
Peter R. Henriques received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1971 and is Professor of History, Emeritus, from George Mason University. He taught American and Virginia history with a special emphasis on the Virginia Founding Fathers, especially George Washington. Besides First and Always, Peter authored; Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington.
This free program will begin at 7 pm and will be held via Zoom. Registration is required and can be completed online.
Portrait of George Washington by James Peale, 1787.
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