George Washington — yes, the very first president of the United States — will be meeting and mingling with Temecula residents wishing to learn more about American history.
Portrayed by in costume by museum specialist Steve Clugston, families will have the opportunity to learn more about the general, the president and the man who helped found this country.
“This is our contribution to Washington’s birthday (on Feb. 22). I will be in character, discussing my life as a general in the Revolutionary War and then later my role as the president and the drafting of the Constitution,” Clugston said.
A Q & A session will follow, he said.
Among the topics will be Washington’s early boyhood in Virginia, career in the French and Indian War, life on Mount Vernon., his growing discontent with Britain and role in the Constitutional Convention and his unpopular role in the “Whiskey Rebellion.”
A longtime fan of history, Clugston said he has portrayed America’s founding father for the last four years by offering colonial presentations in local schools.
“They tell me I look like him,” Clugston said.
To add to the overall look and feel of the colonial period, guests can expect to see a Revolutionary War encampment that will showcase period-accurate tents and flags and reproduction colonial items from the 1770s.
Clugston said: “There is something about interactive history that just takes the experience to the next level. Hopefully, everyone will learn something.”
Sponsored by the Vail Ranch Restoration Association, the event is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Little Temecula History Center, the red barn next to Kohl’s at the corner of Redhawk Parkway and Wolf Store Road in south Temecula.
To learn more, visit www.vailranch.org.
Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor of Southwest Riverside News Network. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.