George Washington Supported Gadsby's Tavern
He Is Doing It Again
& You Can, Too - Virtually 

In the 18th century George Washington frequented Gadsby's Tavern for meals with friends, conversations with colleagues, and special events such as his Birthnight Balls.  In this century he will once again be providing support to Gadsby's. More precisely, an antique ivory miniature portrait of President Washington will be auctioned to provide funding for the Museum's Endowment Campaign.  A very generous donor, Mr. Thomas Seligman, Curator Emeritus of the 
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University has given GTMS the tiny (3"x4") family heirloom to help us maintain the Museum into the next century. This early-19th century miniature will be auctioned by the Potomack Company in their November 18-19 Historical Sale.  

To celebrate the Seligman donation, GTMS will hold a Virtual Wine & Cheese Reception a few days before the auction. "Attendees" will have the opportunity to
  • HELP George Washington to support Gadsby's Tavern this century by making a tax-deductible donation to the initial stages of the Endowment Campaign
  • LEARN about this miniature portrait and about the importance of such miniatures in the days before photography from a Potomack Company expert.
  • ENJOY wine, cheese, and other savory treats (enough for 2  people) selected by Cheesetique's Cheese Lady, Jill Erber, who will also tell you the history behind the selections and how they relate to George Washington.
  • SEE a recently updated overview of Gadsby's Tavern Museum and the Tavern's place in historic Alexandria from Liz Williams, Director of the Museum
  • HEAR about plans for the GTMS Endowment Campaign and how you can help  to ensure the future of Gadsby's Tavern Museum.

Here's how it will work:

Purchase your ticket below no later than X November
  • A $100 ticket provides:
    • Cheese, Wine, Savory Treats Kit from Cheesetique (enough for 2)
    • Directions & Password to the private online event
    • $40 tax-deductible donation to the GTMS Endowment Campaign
  • A $75 ticket provides:
    • Cheese & Savory Treats Kit from Cheesetique (enough for 2)
    • Directions & Password to the private online event
    • $35 tax-deductible donation to th GTMS Endowment Campaign
  • A $50 ticket provides:
    • Directions & Password to the private online event by email
    • $50 tax-deductible donation to th GTMS Endowment Campaign
Pick up (or have delivered for $10) your wine & cheese kit from Cheesetique Del Ray OR Shirlington on X November
  • The cheese, wine, and other savory treats in the kits will serve 2 people.
  • Delivery is $10 extra.  Someone 21 or older must be present to accept it.
  • Contactless and curbside pick-ups are available.
Use the directions and password in the kit to connect to the online presentation any time after 5:30 on X November

YOU DECIDE exactly when you will enjoy the wine & cheese kit while watching the presentations online from the comfort of your home.  These presentations will include:
  • Cheesetique's Cheese Lady introducing the cheese, wine and other savory goodies and how they are associated with George Washington.
    • You can see samples of Cheese Lady fun on Jill's weekly Instagram posts about different cheesy topics.
    • While enjoying the specially selected treats that you have just heard about, continue watching to see:
  • Potomack Company's experts discussing what they have learned about the fascinating history of our miniature and the importance of miniatures in the era before photography.
  • Museum Director Liz Williams describing the latest findings about Gadsby's Tavern and its place in Alexandria history
  • The GTMS Endowment Campaign Committee outlining plans for the Endowment  and how you can help.
Then, on November 18-19 just for fun you can drop in on Potomack Company's Historical online sale to see how well POTUS 1 supports Gadsby's this century.
  • You'll need to register on the Potomack Company site as a potential bidder to watch the action live.
  • Who knows? You might find some other bit of history you can't live without.

    THE George Washington Miniature
    XNOVEBMER 2020

    Each kit bought with a ticket
    serves 2 people
    Tickets must be purchased here
    by X-2 November 2020

    A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible

    Any questions can be directed here.