Prof. Henriques, emeritus professor at GMU and a nationally known expert on George Washington, will waive the entrance fee of $12 for any GMU affiliates who wish to attend his lectures. Please contact him at [log in to unmask] to let him know you are coming.



Gadsby's Tavern Museum Hosts George Washington Lecture
Discover Two Facets of George Washington


Join Dr. Peter Henriques, Professor Emeritus of History from George Mason University, as he presents Two Sides of George Washington, a two-part lecture series exploring the tougher and softer sides of our nation's first president. The lectures will take place on Thursday, February 20 and Thursday, February 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.

Part I: "A Hard Man" will recall the reasons why Thomas Jefferson wrote that George Washington was a "hard man," raised to rule and rule severely. Hear how this trait was essential to Washington's success as a leader, as well as how the first President worked to balance justice and mercy.

In Part II: "The Amiable Gentleman," discover the context behind Abigail Adams' description of George Washington as having mixed his dignity with an easy affability that created love and reverence. Learn about this trait's role in Washington's rise to power, and his often overlooked sense of humor and love of recreation.