|George Washington Myths Debunked - April 16 in VA|
Alexandria, VA is a ways off from Charleston, but I thought some one might like to know. Peter Henriques will start giving his talk on George Washington myths, and, as he stated to me, "the SHMG myth will be a prominent one."
In 1854, sixty-five years after the event, Rufus W Griswold, probably with the help of Washington Irving, wrote that Washington added "So help me God" to his inaugural oath. No one has ever found any firsthand historical evidence to substantiate their claim. This claim has grown over the years until it has reached mythological proportions. Both the 2001 and 2005 Guide/Program books read, "History tells us that in 1789, during the inauguration of our first president, George Washington impulsively kissed the Bible upon which his hand rested and added the words "so help me God" -- which became the words spoken by every president since."
This is another example of where President Bush has been promulgating Words of Mythological Deception.
Lecture: "Myths of George Washington Debunked"
When: Apr 16, 2008 12:00 am (Wednesday)
Gadsby's Tavern Museum (map)
134 N Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Join Dr. Peter Henriques, professor from George Mason University, as he busts the many myths related to the Father of our Country. Doors open at 7, lecture begins at 7:30 pm.