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What Drove George Washington to Greatness? Learn the Answer Nov. 18 at Alexandria’s Lyceum

Presenter Dr. Peter Henriques is Professor Emeritus of History at George Mason University

George Washington interpreter Dan Shippey at Mount Vernon. (Photo: George Washington’s Mount Vernon)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – George Washington’s role in founding America has been written about and discussed for centuries. His leadership as a Revolutionary War general and this nation’s first president is regarded as common knowledge. But what was he really like as a person? What drove him to greatness?

These questions will be answered Thursday, Nov. 18 when the Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum welcomes Dr. Peter Henriques. Henriques, Professor Emeritus of History at George Mason University, will give a presentation that takes a much deeper look at Washington.

In the new book, “First and Always: A New Portrait of George Washington,” Henriques paints the founding father as someone with incredible ambition, who generally did not seek attention, yet craved adulation from the public.

Dr. Peter Henriques (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)

The presentation,  aptly titled,  “What Made George Washington Tick?” begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 per person. Virtual-only admission is $6. Volunteers with the Office of Historic Alexandria can attend for $10. Purchase HERE for in-person tickets and HERE for virtual tickets. (Henriques will sign copies of the book.)

The Lyceum is located at 201 S. Washington St. The Office of Historic Alexandria is a proud sponsor of this event.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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