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Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience

2013 George Washington Book Prize Celebration

Date: 4:30pm EDT October 14, 2013

The George Washington Book Prize recognizes the year’s best books on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—First president, father of his country, white-haired elder statesman. These are the thoughts and images that go through most minds upon hearing the name George Washington. But that’s just the ending. George Washington began his public life as a feisty frontier officer who would eventually lead an under-trained, under-resourced Continental Army to victory over the greatest military opponent known to the world. In George Washington: Gentleman Warrior, winner of the 2013 George Washington Book Prize, historian Stephen Brumwell brings a uniquely British perspective to the long and sometimes checkered military career of our most indispensible founding father. 

Brumwell will share his insights at this year’s George Washington Book Prize Celebration at Washington College, on Monday, Oct. 14. His on-stage conversation, “Making History,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, and will be followed by a reception. Guests who arrive early will have an opportunity to meet George Washington and his aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, as portrayed by interpreters from the American Historical Theatre. Brumwell will be signing copies of his book in the Underwood Lobby beginning  at 4:30 p.m. Hosted by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the events are free and open to the public.

In honor of the book prize, General Washington and Mr. Hamilton will tour the campus earlier in the day, meet with students, and enjoy a special 18th-century menu available in the campus dining hall.

The full schedule for the celebration, Monday, October 14, is as follows: 

Noon - Meet General Washington and Alexander Hamilton  - Hodson Hall Commons

4:30 p.m. – Stephen Brumwell, Book Signing - Underwood Lobby, Gibson Center for the Arts

5:30 p.m. - “Making History: A Conversation with Stephen Brumwell” - Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts

6:30 p.m. - Public Reception - Underwood Lobby, Gibson Center for the Arts