Friday, Feb 17, 2006
FARMINGTON, Pa., - Dr. Jeffrey H. Schwartz will present ?Putting a Face on the First President? at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 25. Children and adults will enjoy this special program revealing how scientists reconstructed the face of young George Washington through computer graphics and ultimately created life-like sculptures.
The program follows the one o?clock award ceremony for Fort Necessity?s Washington's Birthday Art Contest. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders from local and regional schools will be on hand to receive awards for their artistic depictions of events in George Washington's life. Winning entries were chosen based on artistic merit and historical accuracy. These students have demonstrated an interest and knowledge in George Washington?s life. Dr. Schwartz?s program shows where this combination of study and imagination can lead.
Schwartz has provided services as a forensic osteologist (analysis of bones for crime scenes) to coroners? offices and police departments throughout western Pennsylvania. This led to his being asked to direct collaboration to reconstruct George Washington at three different ages for Mount Vernon. A Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Schwartz is Professor of Physical Anthropology and of History and Philosophy of Science as well as a Resident Fellow in the Center for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History and in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Anthropology, University of Vienna). He has published more then 150 articles, reviews, etc., as well as 10 books. His introduction to human skeletal morphology, development, and analysis will be published in 2006.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located 11 miles east of Uniontown on Route 40. All activities are subject to a general park entrance fee of $5.00 for adults. Children 15 and under are admitted free. For more information or directions to the site, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/fone or call the park office at (724) 329-5512.