Students participating in the People to People Ambassadors program received preparation for the inauguration at a special dinner at the Collingwood Library and Museum Sunday night.
Participants hailed from schools across the nation and China, and spent the weekend learning about the historical significance of the presidential inauguration and visited historic sites including Mount Vernon. Guests enjoyed dishes that were enjoyed by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln during their time as president.
The purpose of the dinner was to make students aware of the significance of the inauguration, according to Collingwood Library and Museum Executive Director Paul Frank.
"The property was once owned by George Washington, so I thought, why don't we do a program where George Washington gives his views from when he was inaugurated?" Frank said. "The students want to understand the significance of a major political event, and George Washington's inauguration set the tone for future inaugurations."
“George Washington,” “Abraham Lincoln” and Lincoln’s Secretary of War, “Edwin Stanton” made guest appearances at the dinner. The re-enactors playing Lincoln and Washington provided historic insight into the thinking of each President and his goals at the time of his inauguration.