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The Thomas Stone Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association has been putting George Washington back in schools.
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, which maintains and helps preserve Washington’s historic home Mount Vernon, began a project in 2007 to return Washington’s portraits to schools as part of a commemoration of the 275th anniversary of his birth.
The association commissioned reproductions of the Rembrandt Peale portrait of America’s first president in uniform.
For a $275 donation, the organization will give a portrait, along with an instructional resource kit, to a school.
So far, the group has given more than 7,000 portraits across the country.
In Charles County, community-minded individuals, as well as local organizations, have funded portraits for schools.
Contributing organizations have been the Historical Society of Charles County; the Port Tobacco chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Charles County Genealogical Society; the Private Wallace Bowling Camp Sons of the Confederate Veterans; Keller Bus Company; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8810; the Ella Virginia Houck Holloway chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 and the Thomas Stone chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Elementary schools in Charles County that have received the portrait are Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, Mary B. Neal, Walter J. Mitchell, J.C. Parks, Gale-Bailey, Dr. James Craik, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, J.P. Ryon, Malcom, Eva Turner, Mary H. Matula, T.C. Martin, Mount Hope/Nanjemoy and St. Mary’s School, Bryantown.
At each ceremony, the Thomas Stone chapter of the SAR Color Guard presents a detailed overview of the history of the American Revolutionary War uniform and the Colonial musket, and answers any questions about Washington before unveiling the portrait.
Michael J. Mazzeo Jr., is the Sons of the American Revolution member who is the project coordinator for Charles County.
The Thomas Stone chapter continues to accept donations in any amount for the Washington portrait for Charles County schools.
Donations can be earmarked for a specific elementary school in Charles County or for the general account for the portraits.
Once the $275 is reached for a specific school, the Thomas Stone chapter will make a formal presentation of the portrait at the school with its chapter color guard.
All donations are tax deductible, and checks should be made payable to the Thomas Stone chapter, SAR and mailed to Thomas Stone Chapter, MDSSAR, P.O. Box 94, La Plata, MD 20646