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Picture This: A Family Day for the Presidents
February 24, 2011


Laurel Fehrenbach, public programs assistant here at American Art, reports on our Presidential Family Fun Day, held last weekend.

Madame President?

How did you spend Presidents' Day? The American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery teamed up to present a Family Day last weekend that celebrated America's presidents of the past, present, and future! This young visitor dressed for the part of a past POTUS (President of the United States) and had her official portrait taken in front of a reproduction of the Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. May we call you Madame President? Music filled our Kogod Courtyard as the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Quantico, Virginia played on stage. More than 30 musicians were in full ceremonial dress for the performance. Gunnery Sergeant J. Michael Stanley arranged a concert featuring some of the favorite songs performed by the Marine Corps Band for presidents throughout history.

First Ladies Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison stopped by for a gallery talk in front of the portraits of their husbands, while children's author Doreen Rappoport read from her new book Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy. In between all these activities, families were invited to try out their creative architectural designs skills with two sets of Lincoln Logs and go on a presidential scavenger hunt through both museums' galleries.

Mark your calendars for our next Family Day: April 9th when we'll be celebrating Earth Day.


Posted by Jeff on February 24, 2011 in Picture This


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