Images of George Washington

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE TOWN OF COLONIE

Cordially Invites You to a Special Exhibit

Images of George Washington

Monday, February 4, 2019 to Friday, March 15, 2019

Opening reception Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 2 pm

Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, NY 12110

This exhibit presents a timely collection of images of George Washington and of his life, from a number of sources.While not originals, the exhibit includes interesting, significant, and somewhat rare copies.They show how, over the years, the public continues to revere our nation’s first leader.And, they illustrate an important part of Washington’s brilliant leadership strategy.

The many paintings of our Founding Father, George Washington, often convey an image of a lifeless, stolid, unemotional man of granite self-control that arouses respect but, in the modern era, do not necessarily arouse great understanding or affection.Modern historical scholarship has now presented Washington as an astute, canny, genius, an expert in inspiring people and an adored leader who was able to orchestrate the actions of others to defend and shape the new nation.Like a modern politician or rock musician, he was able to present himself as the first choice for military leader, as a remarkable military commander, and as the only possible and the unanimous choice for the leader of the new nation.He has continued to be revered over the years.And, his revered presidential image continues as our most acceptable leadership role.

The lengthy time he devoted to sitting for his portraits was undoubtedly a part of his tightly controlled and brilliant leadership strategy. The images conveyed a picture of a respectable, truthful, calm, knowledgeable leader and a brave, celebrated horseman that could be relied upon to lead the Continental army as well as the nation.

Washington sat for many portraits and many copies were made and circulated.Most have become valuable parts of our national heritage.His images are still widespread and continue to be of interest.His birthday on February 22 makes this exhibit timely.

For further information on the exhibit phone: Tony Brankman at 518-785-6904.

Pruyn House is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and for special events. Phone Pruyn House for current hours: 518-783-1435.

An Afternoon of Folk Music Featuring Warren Sieme

Friends of Pruyn House invite you to join us for an afternoon of folk music featuring Warren Sieme on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00pm.

The music of Warren Sieme, guitarist, singer, songwriter, participates in and contributes to the tradition of popular American contemporary folk. His music resonates with the unmistakable vibe of the seventies singer/songwriter genre, a fusion of contemporary folk and popular music. His vocal and musical style shares the soothing and understated dynamics of popular artists like James Taylor, and projects a warmth and sensitivity embraced by both baby-boomers and millennials. Warren shares personal insights and observations in songs that resonate with audiences everywhere.He interprets the music of such legends as Stephen Foster, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter, as well as contemporaries such as Randy Newman, Tom Waits, and John Mayer.A native of Cooperstown, Warren now lives in the Capital District.