Farewell, George Washington

nys library washington farewell addressThis weekend at the State Museum: From New York to the White House, New York Residents Who Became President, which runs Friday-Sunday. Blurbage:

The exhibition will include several important artifacts from the George Washington Collection at the New York State Library, including an original draft of George Washington's Farewell Address, penned in his hand, which was sent to Alexander Hamilton for comment and revision on May 15, 1796. It was rescued from the fire that ravaged the State Capitol in 1911. One of Washington's dress swords will also be on display. According to Washington family tradition, the sword was presented to Washington by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The sword was purchased by the State of New York directly from Washington's family in 1871 and is depicted in the Washington portrait that hangs in the United States House of Representatives.

Speaking of presidential documents... Abraham Lincoln's preliminary Emancipation Proclamation will also be on display on the second floor of the Capitol this Friday and Saturday.

Gordon Parks: You can rack up a triple-exhibit score if you also stop by the Gordon Parks photography exhibit at the State Museum.

Oh, and by the way: the State Museum is closed on President's Day. (Mondays are its usual closed day.)

photo: New York State Library

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Washington's sword survived the capitol fire - though it needed to be straightened out after it was pulled from the ashes.

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