Press Release

April 11, 2016
Contact: Manny Leto


History Center hosts George Washington Day

History Center marks 227th anniversary of the first presidential inauguration
with nationally-recognized George Washington reenactor.

(Tampa, April 11, 2016) — With the 2016 presidential race in full swing, voters on both sides of today’s political divide might want to ask themselves, “What would George Washington do?”

They’ll get the opportunity to do just that during the Tampa Bay History Center’s George Washington Day, on Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The History Center will celebrate the 227th anniversary of America’s first presidential inauguration by welcoming Dean Malissa, the official – and only – George Washington interpreter at Mount Vernon, for a day of Revolutionary revelry.

Families will be able to meet the President, see authentic Revolution-era clothing and weaponry, try their hand at quill pen calligraphy writing, and play colonial-era games throughout the day.

Guests will receive up to three child (under 17) admissions for just $1 each with a paid adult admission. The first 100 guests will receive a souvenir American flag.

President Washington will be escorted into the History Center by the Florida Fife and Drum Corps, and will deliver five speeches throughout the afternoon on topics ranging from the first inauguration to Florida’s role in the Revolution.

George Washington was sworn into office as the Nation’s first President on April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City. It wasn’t until 1937 and the passage of the 20th Amendment that Presidential inaugurations were moved to January.

Dean Malissa is the official George Washington historical actor at Mount Vernon. He has also portrayed General Washington in TV productions for PBS, The Discovery Channel, NBC, National Geographic Channel and the Showtime Network, and appeared on CNN and in films for the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy. He has appeared at the White House, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, Valley Forge National Historical Park, the National Constitution Center, Liberty Hall and many other historical venues.

George Washington Day is co-sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America – Tampa Town Committee and the Duckwall Foundation.

For more information, visit or call 813-675-8985.

George Washington Speaking Schedule:

12 p.m. -12:15 p.m. Arrival and talk: The President’s views on the first Presidential Inauguration.

1:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m. President Washington Speaks to our Kids

2:00 p.m.-2:20 p.m. Florida’s Role in the Revolution

3:00 p.m.-3:20 p.m. The Experience at Valley Forge

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The Forming of Our Nation


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