When Was the War of 1812?
Do you think you know ... 1812? Yes! Answering that question correctly will grant you the opportunity to answer multiple choice questions about the War of 1812 in Washington, DC and win prizes.
The Dumbarton House is partnering with writer/filmmaker Diane Williams to produce a history quiz video called "When Was the War of 1812?" that will be posted on YouTube with links from Washington, DC history-based organizations' websites. The team received a small grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, DC through their DC Community Heritage Project to help partially fund the project, but we need more.
What is the project?
An actress playing First Lady Dolley Madison will ask quiz contestants multiple choice questions for the chance to win prizes, such as restaurant gift certificates, gift cards to area businesses, T-shirts, caps, and mugs from local museum gift shops. "Dolley" will be assisted by an actor playing Paul Jennings who was James Madison's personal servant and author of the first White House Memoir. (Remember that because it will be a quiz question!)
The resulting video is intended to raise awareness of War of 1812 events in Washington, DC and the 200th anniversary commemorative events around town.
The first day of filming will be July 22 at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown and will focus on Washington, DC events during the War of 1812. We hope to have a second day of filming at the Octagon House, which was the temporary executive mansion after the White House was burned in 1814 by the British. (Another question!)
Do you know what Dolley Madison's favorite flavor of ice cream was: pistachio, mint, oyster, or crab?