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The Day-by-Day Project

George was a big picture kind of guy–the Revolutionary War, being the first president, helping found a new nation…how will our perspective on these monumental events change when we view them as they really happened, one day at a time?  Look forward to the first daily entries of Washington’s life online in June 2015!

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The Bibliography Project

How many books do you think there are about George Washington? We’re aiming to write annotations of them all! Fiction, biographies, histories, poems, plays, novels, children’s books, documentary editions, monographs, you name it. There are books on every topic related to George that you can imagine: fishing, war, trees, slavery, politics, costumes, music, agriculture, food, romance, geography. . . The project, nearing the end of a three-year long effort, will culminate in an online research tool that will help everyone–kids, parents, teachers, academics–find books about George.

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George Washington’s Royal Gift

Part IV of “George’s Farm Animals”

The fourth episode in this series features George’s persistent efforts to have a Spanish donkey for Mount Vernon. His documents show the power of his personal network, his vision for the future of American farming, the incredible difficulty that traveling presented for both people and animals, and how his donkey changed the face of Mount Vernon.

For more information, including acknowledgements and links to the documents quoted from in the video, see this blog post in Washington’s Quill.

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George Washington’s Unnumbered Hogs

Part III of “George’s Farm Animals”

Part III of our four part series features the challenges and delights that George had in managing his hogs. Delve into both his correspondence and his diaries to discover how hogs played into daily life on Mount Vernon, George’s favorite sport of fox hunting, and his relationships with his friends and neighbors.

For more information, including links to the documents quoted from in the video, see this blog post in Washington’s Quill.

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George Washington’s Woolly Tribe

Part II of “George’s Farm Animals”

Learn about George’s favorite farm animals in part two of our four part series “George’s Farm Animals.” His correspondence will show you why his sheep were so important to him, how he cared for them, and who he consulted with in order to improve the quality of his flocks.

For more information, including links to the documents quoted from in this video, see this blog post in Washington’s Quill.

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George Washington’s Black Cattle

Part I of “George’s Farm Animals”

“George Washington’s Black Cattle” is the first installment of our four part series called “George’s Farm Animals”, which is set in the fascinating period between the Revolutionary War and George’s first term as president. Raising animals was connected with every part of George’s daily life: growing crops, improving buildings, managing overseers and slaves, fertilizing fields, and even conducting politics. In this way, the series offers a glimpse into Washington’s life as a complex whole.

This video series is special because it heavily features George’s correspondence; you’ll hear in his own words what he thought about his farms and his cattle. You’ll see his personality thrown into relief, including his humor, passion, strict discipline, anger, and deep love for the land. You’ll also glimpse the lives and personalities of his contemporaries, ranging from his farm managers, to his fellow farmers, to foreign experts and court officials.

For more information about the video and the series, see these posts from our blog, Washington’s Quill: “New Video! George Washington’s Black Cattle,” and “Papers of George Washington, a.k.a., Hollywood.”

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The Financial Papers Project at the Papers of George Washington

The Financial Papers Project at the Papers of George Washington is an exciting documentary editing project with the goal of creating a digital resource edition of George Washington’s financial papers.  Thanks in part to a grant from the NHPRC, the Financial Papers Project is well underway and will be accessible for a diverse range of users–historians, businesspeople, students, and educators.  This video introduction provides a glimpse of the work happening now at the Financial Papers Project and the importance of studying George Washington.

To learn more, visit http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/editions/financial-papers-project/

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Meet the Papers of George Washington

Documentary editing involves George Washington’s vast repository of rich documents, a deep understanding of history, and a keen determination to persevere through even the worst handwriting. But what are the challenges involved? What kinds of discoveries can be made? What is involved in the editing process? This introductory video will allow you to learn the answers to these questions, find out more about our far-reaching projects, and meet the editors who accomplish this work—and you might even meet Washington himself.

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