26 June, 2008

Dawson Performs at George Washington Bible Gala

I am playing piano with Dallas violin player Richmond Punch at the George Washington Inaugural Bible Exhibition. I get to perform a bunch of period music to honor the first President of the United States. This is a rare opportunity to see a tangible piece of American History.

Here is the press release from the North Texas History website:

George Washington Inaugural Bible - North Texas Exhibition
June 28-29, 2008

The North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library invites you to experience a unique American and Masonic Treasure. For the first time ever, the George Washington Inaugural Bible will be in North Texas on the weekend of June 28, 2008. This King James Bible, on loan from St. John’s Lodge No. 1 of New York, is the Bible that George Washington placed his hand upon while taking his Presidential oath of office in 1789. This Bible was also chosen by Presidents Warren G. Harding, Dwight D. Eisenhower, James E. Carter, and George H.W. Bush, and it was also utilized at the dedication of the Washington Memorial and the cornerstone ceremonies for the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Statue of Liberty.

On June 28 and 29 you will have three opportunities to discover the incredible American history of this Bible, hear the stories of the Bible’s central role to some of the most important events in American history and witness this national treasure for yourself. On Saturday afternoon, June 28, there will be a public viewing with displays and information about the Bible’s history and the Presidents who have used it. On Sunday afternoon, June 29, the Gala Exhibition and banquet will feature an account of the Bible’s history and a presentation of George Washington’s effect upon the Office of the Presidency. Lunch will be served. The Bible will be available for photographs and an auction including George Washington memorabilia and certified Heritage Plants from the Mount Vernon Estate will be held.

These special events have been created to benefit the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum & Library, a 501(c)(3) public charity whose goal is to collect, display, and educate Masons and the public about Masonic history. All donations are tax-deductible.

Public Viewing:

DATE: Saturday, June 28th, 2008

North Texas Masonic Historical Museum and Library
1414 J Avenue
Plano, TX, 75074

Gala Exhibition & Banquet:

DATE: Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Plano Convention Center
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, Texas 75074
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