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David Best performs as George Washington

From July 06, 2017 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm

The Friends of the Mercer Library are proud to host a dramatic presentation of “George Washington” with performer David Best on Thursday, July 6th at 2:00 p.m. Best has performed at the library in the past to tell the stories of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette, and now focuses his talents on the man revered as the “Father of our country.”

Mr. Best depicts Washington in his early years, demonstrating his desire for independence by earning his own living as a surveyor when he was only a teenager. Washington was involved in the French and Indian War as an officer in the British Virginia Militia, was a successful farmer, and was a member of the Virginia delegation to the Second Continental Congress. Appointed commanding general at the age of forty-three, he led the “ragtag” Continental Army to defeat the British at the Battle of Yorktown. Learn more about the first President of the United States in this engaging presentation.

Best is a Harvard graduate and a recipient of the Outstanding Associate Faculty Award in his position as associate professor emeritus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. A land surveyor by profession, he is a fellow in the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping; former editor of The Hoosier Surveyor; past president of the Harvard Club of Indiana, The Propylaeum Historic Foundation of Indianapolis, and the Breakfast Optimist Club of Indianapolis; and a member of the Indianapolis Literary Club and Fairview Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. Best is known locally and nationally for his performances for audiences ranging from kindergartners to national conventions.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Public Library, and is free and open to all. For more information, call the Mercer Library at 715-476-2366.


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