History Performance To Feature 'George Washington's Ancestor' Feb. 19

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Martin Sirot-Smith as Lawrence Washington
Feb. 9, 2004

by Judy Long

Martin Sirot-Smith, director emeritus of Sulgrave Manor, the English ancestral home of George Washington, will give an account of merry old England at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Meadows Auditorium of the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor University campus.

Sirot-Smith, dressed in 16th century costume, will portray Lawrence Washington, ancestor of George Washington and contemporary of Henry VIII and William Shakespeare.

Sulgrave Manor, located thirty miles from Shakespeare's home of Stratford-on-Avon, was purchased by Lawrence Washington in 1539 from Henry VIII, and the Washingtons lived there for 120 years before immigrating to the American colonies in 1659.

Smith will narrate the tale of the Washington family origin in 1183 and trace their history to America's founding father.

For more information, contact Patricia Wallace at 710-6296.

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