So how was George Washington’s campaign stop in Concord, NH? Well, it appears that he is out doing what I hoped he would do: working to get rid of the popular notion that the Founders all believed the same thing about what our government should be, and that they felt we should be bound today by the values and ideas of their time. “Many people like to quote myself and my comrades, my generation, and say what we believed or what we thought. But more often they try to do so as if we were all of unified mind. They all say ‘The Founders.’ We weren’t all of a unified mind,” he said. YES. You tell ’em, George.
Here he is, checking himself out in NH:
Obviously, I am loving the George Washington “campaign,” and not just because I have admiration for Colonial Williamsburg and their public history efforts. I am a big believer in the importance of public history, and feel that as great as Williamsburg is, no one does it better than the National Park Service. A perfect example is this story about a recent tour in Virginia by John Hennessy. The man is getting it done.
But back to Washington, I wonder how he would feel to know that his bedpan (yes, used for THAT purpose) has been a sacred relic. Interestingly, it was mislabeled as a “plate warmer” for years, but is once again being seen for what it actually was.
Big news in Poland: has a cache of Nazi gold been found in a train car?
Here’s our macabre news of the day: They’ve found a massive rack of heads inside an Aztec temple. Oh, those wacky and brutal Aztecs! Happy Friday!