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Constitution Commemoration

Sunday September 14
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On Sunday September 14, George Washington Birthplace National Monument will be celebrating the 216th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States with patriotic activities suitable for all ages. Visitors will be given an opportunity to sign a replica of the document that delegates of the Constitution Convention, presided over by George Washington, signed in 1787.

Featured that day at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center will be an important talk called Ancient Roman Government as a Model for the United States Constitution given by Dr. Martin Winkler, Professor of classics at George Mason University. “The example of the Roman Republic was a major influence on the founders of American Government,” says site Superintendent Vidal Martinez. “Professor Winkler will explain that an understanding of the political theories of early Rome is vital and important to modern citizens because of their influence on our concepts of freedom and independence,” Martinez continues.

Dr. Winkler’s academic work reflects his ability to demonstrate the relevance of Classical culture to modern life. One of his latest books is Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema (Oxford, 2001), and he has lectured and written several articles on the classics and cinema as well as Greek mythology, Roman epic and satire and the classical tradition. The editor of the anthology Juvenal in English (Penguin Classics, 2001), Professor Winkler began his classical education in Münster Germany at the Gymnasium Paulinum which was founded in 797 A.D.

For those who think the study of the classics is irrelevant, look no further than George Washington himself to be contradicted. Many scholars believe that Washington’s brief and often self-directed education included ample study of Greek and Roman authors. Like most of the nation’s founders, historians believe that Washington looked to these cultures for the principles of democracy and freedom.

During his life George Washington was compared to the ancient Roman Cincinnatus. Like Washington, Cincinnatus was a farmer who defended his country against an invading army and became the leader of his nation before returning to the plow.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument is located on Route 204, 2 miles off of Route 3, 38 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA and 11 miles west of Montross, VA. Admission to the talk is free. Admission to the Memorial Area is $3 per visitor 17 and older.

Additional information about George Washington Birthplace National Monument is available by phone at (804) 224-1732 or on the web at www.nps.gov/gewa.

Sponsoring Gateway: George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Registration Status: Open

Space Limited: Yes
 
Location: George Washington Birthplace National Monument
1732 Popes Creek Road
Washington’s Birthplace, Virginia 22443
 
Event Contact: Richard Lahey (804) 224-1732
 
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/gewa


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