The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic


At a time when public skepticism and distrust of government is at a historic high, The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic provided an opportunity for adults and children to revisit the American Revolution and its indispensable leader, George Washington. The Great Experiment looked at the real George Washington - behind the myths that were created to strengthen his position as President and to secure the stability of a struggling republic.

Based on a major exhibition of original manuscripts, rare books, prints, engravings and artifacts from the collections of the Huntington and Pierpont Morgan Libraries, the Gilder Lehrman Institiute of American History and other institutions, The Great Experiment was a 1,000-square-foot 30-panel traveling exhibition. The exhibition visited 40 libraries in the U.S. between September 2000 and October 2003.

The Great Experiment was produced by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in collaboration with The Huntington Library of San Marino, Calif. and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Major funding was provided by the NEH.

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