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Churchill Centre and George Washington University join with Sulgrave Manor and Mount Vernon in Bicentennial Commemoration

Mount_VernonMount VernonThe Churchill Centre and George Washington University will participate in a series of special programs on October 10 and 11 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Ghent which ended the War of 1812 and set the stage for the peaceful association of the world’s two great English-speaking nations. The events also mark the 100th anniversary of the purchase and restoration of Sulgrave Manor, the British ancestral home of Pres. George Washington, which has been open to the public since 1921.

George Washington’s role in the American Revolution and his leadership of the new republic were recounted in Winston Churchill’s A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, where he said of first American president: “He filled his office with dignity and inspired his administration with his own wisdom.”

The Sulgrave Symposium will begin at The George Washington University in Washington, DC on October 10th with a comparative discussion of the British and American electoral systems featuring distinguished British parliamentarian Baroness Knight of Collingtree, followed by a gala dinner in the State Department’s historic Benjamin Franklin Room, hosted by Asst. Secretary Douglas Frantz.

The Symposium will continue on October 11 with a full day of programming at Mount Vernon including presentations by prominent British and American historians with topics such as:

• The Duke’s Disciples: Marlborough’s Aides in America
• An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean
• A World on Fire: Two Nations Divided

The Symposium will conclude with a reception at Mount Vernon and will include a special viewing of Frances Scott Keys’ original draft of The Star Spangled Banner.

Lee Pollock, Churchill Centre Executive Director who serves on the Honorary Committee for the Symposium, commented, “The Churchill Centre is pleased to collaborate with George Washington University, the location of our new National Churchill Library and Center, in this important Symposium celebrating two signal events in Anglo-American history.”

Dr. Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University added: “There is no richer symbol of the deep historical and cultural connection between our two nations than the ancestral home of the leading founder of the United States.”

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