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Author Talks: New Biographies of Mary Ball Washington

December 15 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

 

In the 1982 book, First Family: George Washington and His Intimate Relations,author Miriam Anne Bourne wrote:
What a romp historians have had with the mother of Washington! Nineteenth-century sentimentality created a virtuous myth; twentieth-century revisionism has created a nagging monster.”So, how do 21st-century historians view Mary Ball Washington?
Is there middle ground between revered and reviled? 

Before 2019 there was no full-length, in-depth biography of Mary Ball Washington. By the end of this year there will be two!
Join us for Sunday afternoon talks by each author to try to understand the “real” Mary, learn how the books were researched, and discover where these historians agree or disagree on their interpretations of Mary’s life.

Save the Dates!

Author Talks:
New Biographies of Mary Ball Washington

Sunday November 17
Martha Saxton, Ph.D.

The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington 
(published June 2019)
Described by the publisher as “a necessary and deeply insightful corrective, telling the story of Mary’s long, arduous life on its own terms, and not treating her as her son’s satellite.”

Sunday December 15
Craig Shirley 

Mary Ball Washington:
The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother 

(publishes Dec 3, 2019)
Described by the publisher as “the definitive take on the relationship between George and Mary Washington, offering fresh insight into this extraordinary figure who would shape our nation—and the woman who shaped him.”

Programs begin at 1:30 PM
Followed by Book Signing and Wine & Cheese Reception

Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock

Advance Tickets with Guaranteed Seating
$30 per program ($25 LVHS Members) 

$35 Tickets at the Door as space permits
Books will be for sale for additional cost.
Sponsored by and for the benefit of Lancaster Va Historical Society.
Co-hosted by Lancaster Community Library.

          
More upcoming programs and events:
September-October: Genealogy Lecture Series
Tue October 29, 7:00 PM: Annual Meeting with History Talk and Traveling Exhibit
“James Monroe’s 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States”
Sat November 9, 1:00-3:30 PM: Oyster Roast (tickets on sale Sept 25)
Sat December 7, 11:00-3:00 PM: Museum & Gift Shop Public Open House
Sat December 7, 4:00-6:00 PM: Members-Only Holiday Reception
Lancaster Virginia Historical Society
Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, Inc.
804-462-7280
history@LancasterVaHistory.org
www.LancasterVaHistory.org

 

Organizer

Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

804-462-7280

Author Talks: New Biographies of Mary Ball Washington

December 15 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Lancaster Community Library , 16 Town Centre Drive Kilmarnock, VA 22482

 

In the 1982 book, First Family: George Washington and His Intimate Relations,author Miriam Anne Bourne wrote:
What a romp historians have had with the mother of Washington! Nineteenth-century sentimentality created a virtuous myth; twentieth-century revisionism has created a nagging monster.”So, how do 21st-century historians view Mary Ball Washington?
Is there middle ground between revered and reviled? 

Before 2019 there was no full-length, in-depth biography of Mary Ball Washington. By the end of this year there will be two!
Join us for Sunday afternoon talks by each author to try to understand the “real” Mary, learn how the books were researched, and discover where these historians agree or disagree on their interpretations of Mary’s life.

Save the Dates!

Author Talks:
New Biographies of Mary Ball Washington

Sunday November 17
Martha Saxton, Ph.D.

The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington 
(published June 2019)
Described by the publisher as “a necessary and deeply insightful corrective, telling the story of Mary’s long, arduous life on its own terms, and not treating her as her son’s satellite.”

Sunday December 15
Craig Shirley 

Mary Ball Washington:
The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother 

(publishes Dec 3, 2019)
Described by the publisher as “the definitive take on the relationship between George and Mary Washington, offering fresh insight into this extraordinary figure who would shape our nation—and the woman who shaped him.”

Programs begin at 1:30 PM
Followed by Book Signing and Wine & Cheese Reception

Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock

Advance Tickets with Guaranteed Seating
$30 per program ($25 LVHS Members) 

$35 Tickets at the Door as space permits
Books will be for sale for additional cost.
Sponsored by and for the benefit of Lancaster Va Historical Society.
Co-hosted by Lancaster Community Library.

          
More upcoming programs and events:
September-October: Genealogy Lecture Series
Tue October 29, 7:00 PM: Annual Meeting with History Talk and Traveling Exhibit
“James Monroe’s 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States”
Sat November 9, 1:00-3:30 PM: Oyster Roast (tickets on sale Sept 25)
Sat December 7, 11:00-3:00 PM: Museum & Gift Shop Public Open House
Sat December 7, 4:00-6:00 PM: Members-Only Holiday Reception
Lancaster Virginia Historical Society
Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, Inc.
804-462-7280
history@LancasterVaHistory.org
www.LancasterVaHistory.org

 

Organizer

Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library

804-462-7280

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