Magazine article USA TODAY

George Times Two: The King and a President

Magazine article USA TODAY

George Times Two: The King and a President

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The Library of Congress and the United Kingdom's Royal Archives have announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping, yet distinct, worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: "The Two Georges" ... King George III (1738-1820) of England and, of course, America's own George Washington (1732-99), our nation's first president and the father of our country. The joint project builds on a memorandum of understanding among the two organizations and King's College London, signed at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., last autumn.

"The entire world was changed, forever, because of the relationship between England and its colonies, as personified by these two leaders," says Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress.

Adds Oliver Urquhart Irvine, librarian and assistant keeper of The Queen's Archives: 'This exhibition will bring the story of two extraordinary men and their influence on the world today to a much wider public and is part of our long-term ambition to make the Royal Archives as open and accessible as possible through groundbreaking digitization technology, research, and special events. …

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