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Foundation Donates Washington Portraits to Local Elementary Schools

September 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Athens State University Foundation has donated framed portraits of George Washington to each of the Athens City Elementary Schools. The portraits were acquired by the Foundation through the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, a group established in 1853 that is wholly responsible for the stewardship and upkeep of Washington’s Virginia home near Washington, D.C.

“Leadership training is such an important part of our city school curriculum that we hoped this would be a way to remind students of Washington’s traits on a daily basis,” states Athens State Vice President Rick Mould.

In addition, Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is now hosting The Many Faces of George Washington, a national traveling exhibition that examines the multi-dimensional, real-life first President. The exhibit is going on now through the end of October. A public reception for the exhibit is planned for October 1 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The reception is also spotlighting select pieces from the University’s Wideman Collection of bronze sculptures.

Athens State Foundation board member Mary Pat Martin’s sister, Julia Woodward, is a member of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and Martin is well aware of their commitment to the first President’s impact on our country. She is excited that this Friday, September 27, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington will open on the grounds of Mount Vernon. This will be the first time a Presidential Library has been opened honoring Washington.

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. The Center for Lifelong Learning, located at 121 S. Marion Street in Athens, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to noon. Call 256-233-8296 for details or visit the CLL website.


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