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How does one bring history to life? As most of our audience knows, it is not just about names, dates, and places. It is about the connection between a person of that time and the modern day visitor. This is created through emotions, relatable feelings and experiences that transcend time, and tactile interactions that make time travel possible. Visitors need to recognize themselves in the interpreter, so that they may easily relate to them and retain the information being imparted.
In this session, Sandy Spector, or Martha Washington, shares how her audiences end up nodding their heads in agreement, or shaking their heads in commiseration, through her visits with them. She shares what elements connect her to her guests—both in a physical and in an emotional fashion.
In 1784, while relaxing in Mount Vernon after the Revolutionary war, Martha Washington received a call from the future …
After eight long years of war, Martha wanted some time to relax and enjoy the fruits of her labor. When duty called, she was always willing, but how much can one person give?
In this episode, you’ll learn:
Why she wished General Washington had not come to Mount Vernon to visit, even though he only spent two days there during the entire war.
Why she spent nearly half of the war at camp with George and the troops.
And finally, what gave her the rough and tumble strength to successfully manage 17,000 acres and 300 slaves as a widow.
As you listen to these episodes, you’ll learn the story of an exceptional woman who gave her heart and soul to the people and the nation, despite her life ending in loss and tragedy.
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From Martha's Alter Ego Sandy:
I was recently interviewed as Martha by the incredibly talented Tony Dean for his Calling History podcast.
The Calling History Podcast is an unscripted, interview style phone conversation with the heroes, the villains, and the great thinkers of history. It’s an opportunity to ask them anything, in their time, while they are living it. I have been an enormous fan of this podcast (even before I was a part of it!) and recommend it highly for the educational and entertainment benefits.
Please tune into Part 1 wherever you listen to your podcasts. Or click the link below.
In Part 2 of the 1784 phone conversation with Martha Washington she will share with us:
Whether or not her father had a daughter with one of their slaves?
What happens to her husband in the bedroom if he goes back into public service after promising that he was done forever?
And finally, why the hand of providence depriving the Washingtons of children might have been a curse and a blessing.
After listening to this podcast. It’s possible to imagine how the outcome of the revolutionary war might have changed without Martha Washington.
Sure General Washington was a great leader, but a thousand troops can fight like ten thousand if they have a reason to fight. Martha gave them that reason by treating them with dignity and the love that only a mother can give.
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The Calling History Podcast can be listened to on your favorite podcast app. Or click the link below.
The greatness of George Washington is undeniable.
He gave his all, not only in securing independence for the United States of America, but in uniting those states.
George could not have done what he did without the love and support of his beloved Martha who not only aided George while on campaign, but also kept and maintained Mount Vernon in his absence.
Join Professor Robert Allison (Suffolk University Chair, Department of History, Language & Global Culture) in conversation with Sandy Spector as Martha Washington.