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 a 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 19 Lafayette House & Historical Sale.  

To celebrate the Seligman donation, GTMS will hold a Virtual Cheese Plate Event the night before the auction. "Attendees" will have the opportunity to:
  • HELP George Washington support Gadsby's Tavern this century with a tax-deductible donation to the initial stages of the GTMS 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) specially selected for this event.
  • SEE a new tavern hospitality overview of Gadsby’s Tavern by Museum Director, Liz Williams;
  • 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:

1. There's still time to purchase the $40 ticket which provides:
    • Directions & Password to the private online event, which will be live on Zoom at 7:00 on Tuesday, 17 November with a recorded version available after that.
    • $40 tax-deductible donation to thGTMS Endowment Campaign
  • $80 ticket provides:
    • Cheese & Savory Treats Plate (enough for 2)
    • First 30 Cheese Plate orders will include (if you wish) a free bottle of wine as part of this private event
    • Directions & Password to the private online event, which will be live on Zoom at 7:00 on Tuesday, 17 November with a recorded version available after that.
    • $40 tax-deductible donation to the GTMS Endowment Campaign
2 Use the directions and password that will be provided to connect to the live online event at 7:00 on 17 November (which will also continue to be available on Zoom afterwards.) The presentations will include:
  • Potomack Company's Fine Arts Director, Anne Norton Craner, 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 her new tavern hospitality overview about historic Gadsby's Tavern;
  • The GTMS Endowment Campaign Committee outlining plans for the Endowment  and how you can help.
4. On November 19th, 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 may 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
    17 NOVEBMER 2020

    Tickets must be purchased here
    by Noon, Tuesday, 17 November 2020

    Tickets for the Private Video Event & the 
    tax-deductible donation to
    Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society's Endowment 

    Any questions can be directed here.