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March 4, 2011

Author of “The Many Faces of George Washington” Brings the First President to Life During Program at Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Did George Washington look like his image on the one dollar bill? Carla Killough McClafferty, author of “The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon,” reveals how three historically accurate figures of Washington were created and the pivotal role Colonial Williamsburg’s experts and craftsmen played in the project during a program at 3 p.m. March 19 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

The lecture, “The Many Faces of George Washington,” McClafferty tells how Mount Vernon gathered a team of professionals in the fields of science, history, art and textiles to determine how Washington really looked at the ages of 19, 45 and 57.

Copies of the book, “The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon,” are available for sale in the Museum Store. A book signing follows the program.

McClafferty writes books that make historical people and events come to life. Basing her research on primary source documents, she chronicles true stories that are accurate, understandable and relevant to today’s readers.

Her other works include “In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry,” “Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium” and “The Head Bone’s Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray.” Her work has earned awards and honors from many groups, including the American Library Association. The author resides in Little Rock, Ark.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card provides access to this lecture.

Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 13. On March 14, museum hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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