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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL ADDRESS ON EXHIBIT AT STATE MUSEUM, FEBRUARY 15-17
Albany, New York -- 02/12/2013
A special three-day exhibition, From New York to the White House, New York Residents Who Became President, will open Friday, February 15, 2013 in the lobby of the New York State Museum. The exhibit features the original draft of George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address, penned is his hand.
On display through Sunday, February 17, 2013, the exhibition will honor the nation’s first president as well as New York’s political leaders who rose to the presidency, including Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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.
The exhibition will also include pages from an extremely rare volume entitled "A Representation of the Cloathing of His Majesty's Household and of all the Forces upon the Establishments of Great Britain and Ireland, 1742". This collection of colored engravings of British military uniforms was given to Washington in 1787.
Photos from the exhibit are available at: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/PRkit/2013/presidentsday/index.html
The New York State Museum is a program of the State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education. Located on Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Further information can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the museum website at www.nysm.nysed.gov.