Performances at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm
Recommended for all ages
Free with Museum Admission
How did our first president choose members of the government and work together with them to run the country? Jump into debate with George Washington and John Jay, our first Chief Justice, who turned out to be the right man for the right job—even though our nation had no precedent for our Supreme Court in 1789. Get your questions about the first presidency answered all afternoon at the Museum, and hear a special story about the life of John Jay performed only at 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm!
Portraying George Washington, Bill Wienecke has been a social studies teacher for almost 40 years. He is an experienced living history educator and historical reenactor of several eras of the past, including the American Civil War.
Portraying John Jay, Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller is known for his award-winning performances and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, ABC Good Morning America, the National Geographic Channel, and the BBC.
Come back on Sunday, January 29, to chat with more presidents from the past about their powers. You’ll hear all about Adams, Jefferson, and the Midnight Judges!
Gilbert Stuart, George Washington, ca. 1800-1820, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan, New-York Historical Society, 1867.303
Oliver Ingraham Lay after Gilbert Stuart, John Jay, 1889, Gift of Elizabeth Clarkson Jay, New-York Historical Society, 1889.1
Washington living historian photograph courtesy of Bill Weinecke.