George Washington’s Chompers

I’m not sure our first president could have imagined his dentures touring the country…. but they are!

Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center is hosting the world premiere of the Mount Vernon Collection.   Of course, there’s much more to the exhibit than just George Washington’s false teeth… but they were so odd looking I couldn’t resist posting it.  : )  (note to President Obama… take good care of your teeth… you never know!)

I love the History Center and so do my kids!  Click here for more information and I’ve included some of the release below.

History Center Welcomes George Washington Back to Pittsburgh — Mount Vernon Collection Makes its World Premiere at the History Center —

Feb. 12, 2010, PITTSBURGH – For the first time in nearly 250 years, George Washington is returning to Pittsburgh.

Beginning on Feb. 19, the Senator John Heinz History Center will serve as the premier venue on a nine-city national tour of Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, an exhibition from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens made possible by the generous support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and presented in Pittsburgh by PPG Industries, Inc.   “Although Washington is one of the most recognized figures in American history, few people know the true character of the ‘Father of Our Country,’” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the History Center. “This exhibition helps visitors get up-close-and-personal with Washington through a rich assortment of artifacts, life-like figures, and cutting-edge forensic scholarship.”

Visitors will enjoy nearly 100 objects, including full-scale figures of Washington, architectural models, decorative and fine art items, maps, manuscripts, and paintings.

Highlights of Discover the Real George Washington include:

  • The only complete set of Washington’s dentures, made of pewter, human teeth, and animal teeth;
  • Several original works of art, including Gilbert Stuart’s classic Washington portrait
  • Three full-size, life-like figures of Washington based on the latest forensic research showing him:
  • A lock of young Washington’s auburn hair;
  • Surveying equipment, including a compass used by Washington and 18th century firearms, such as a 1720s cannon from Fort Ticonderoga;
  • The Washington family Bible and four other rare books from Washington’s personal library, complete with his signature of ownership, that cover such topics as farming, botanical plants, and gristmills; and
  • Original pieces of Martha Washington’s jewelry.

“It seems only appropriate to open this important exhibition in a part of the country where George Washington first made a name for himself as a remarkable soldier and, at a very young age, became one of the most famous men in the colonies, if not the world,” said James C. Rees, executive director of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.  “We’ve always found that people who live in the Pittsburgh area have a special fondness for George Washington, and we’re looking forward to opening one of the largest and most dynamic exhibitions that has ever been mounted on a Founding Father.”

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