Knox Museum will present the Knox Annual Lecture Thursday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. This year’s presentation is titled George Washington: Our First President, delivered by Carol Borchert Cadou of Virginia’s Mount Vernon … with a special appearance by one of the country’s pre-eminent George Washington portrayers, also from Mount Vernon.

Advance tickets are $31, $21 for museum members, online at and at The Carriage Shop at Montpelier during regular tour hours. Day-of tickets, $36/$26, will be available at the Strand box office window starting at 4:30 p.m. and doors will open at 5 p.m.

Cadou is a distinguished and popular speaker and author, and her talk about America’s first president is very topical right now. As Director of Historic Preservation and Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia — America’s most renowned historic house museum — she shares many insights about the founding of our country; George Washington’s transformation from planter and land surveyor in Virginia to leader of the free world; and the unshakeable Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the original inspiration for America’s love affair with all things Colonial revival including architecture, gardening and landscaping and, not incidentally, Montpelier, Henry Knox’s homage to his best friend George Washington’s post-Revolutionary War Mount Vernon estate and gardens.

Cadou’s book, “The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon,” will be available for purchase and signing in the Strand lobby before and after the lecture, while copies last. It provides the first official publication of the exceptional collections at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Since 1860 when the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association took ownership of Mount Vernon, they have brought together and maintained nearly 30,000 objects owned by or associated with George and Martha Washington including silver, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metals, paintings, miniatures and personal items, all of which are presented in “The George Washington Collection: Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon,” in the context of Washington's life as a Virginia planter and surveyor, commander in chief, United States president and retired public servant.

Meeting and greeting ticket-holders at the Strand door and in the audience will be “George Washington” himself, a well-loved attraction at Mount Vernon and beyond. “George” also will be at Montpelier the next morning, Friday, Aug. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. to entertain young and old and pose for pictures at “his” famous Hoecake Breakfast. Tickets to the breakfast are $5, free for kids younger than 5, and are available at and at the door that morning.

All proceeds benefit Knox Museum’s education, preservation and military programming.

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