The power of an icon

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Yesterday was fun. I went to the Foxe Point branch and did a little presentation to fourth and fifth graders from the Vartan Gregorian elementary school who are studying American history. They were far more engaged and excited than your average college student. One of the things that made them gasp in surprised reverence was this copy of Jeremy Belknap’s History of New Hampshire (1792), which some say is the first “modern” history (i.e., written to a modern standard of methodology) written by an American.

What made them excited was that this was George Washington’s copy, with his signature in all three volumes. I let them touch the page that Washington touched, and several said (only half joking) that they’d never wash their hands again!

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