The Fall Membership Meeting of Historic Vienna, Inc., will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 pm in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall, 127 Center Street South. There will be a brief business meeting, during which elections will be held for Board of Directors positions. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Our speaker for the evening will be Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon, who will discuss her newest book, “For Fear Of An Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789.” In a day when harsh and even ugly rhetoric clashes with effusive, over-the-top praise in our daily political dialogue, it is somewhat strange to think that in the early days of our country, the Senate and House debated how to address the new President, considering over thirty titles. What could easily be dismissed as a minor etiquette issue had far-reaching implications as the new Republic struggled with how to implement the details of the Constitution, the role of everyday people and Washington’s own deep understanding of the implications of the chosen title. Not so simple a question as at first glance!
Dr. Bartoloni-Tuazon is a Visiting Scholar at the First Federal Congress Project and has extensively researched the Early National Period in American history. Her lecture is a must for students and for lovers of history.