156. Making a Pilgrimage to Washington's Tomb with Matthew Costello
Conversations at the Washington Library
In December 1799, George Washington died after a short illness. His body and his legacy quickly became fodder for nineteenth century Americans – free and enslaved – who were struggling to make sense of what it meant to be an American as well as the nation’s identity. Americans across the divide used Washington and his memory to advance various political and economic interests. Some, like Federalists, yoked their political fortunes and their belief in a strong central government to Washington’s legacy, much to the abhorrence of Jeffersonian Republicans, who championed the yeoman farmer and a smaller federal state. Enslaved people at Mount Vernon who never knew Washington in life used their fictive attachment to him to sell goods and services to the hundreds of Americans who made a civic pilgrimage to the Virginia plantation each year. And all the while, Washington’s heirs dealt with a constant stream of visitors, trying to balance their private property interests against the idea that Washington was the “property of the nation.” On today’s episode, Matthew Costello joins Jim Ambuske to discuss his aptly titled book, Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President. About Our Guest: Matthew Costello is Vice President of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association. He received his Ph.D. in history from Marquette University. Costello has published articles in The Journal of History and Cultures, Essays in History, The Dome, and White House History. His book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President was published by University Press of Kansas in fall 2019. About Our Host: Jim Ambuske, Ph.D. leads the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library. A historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World, Ambuske graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016. He is a former Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Law Library. At UVA Law, Ambuske co-directed the 1828 Catalogue Project and the Scottish Court of Session Project. He is currently at work on a book about emigration from Scotland in the era of the American Revolution as well as a chapter on Scottish loyalism during the American Revolution for a volume to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mountvernon/message
Blood Brothers Episode 3 with Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
The Blood Brothers Crime Writing Podcast
A third, rather more sensible, instalment from your favourite crime writers, this week discussing writing, cosies, computer games and royalties with the irrepressible Neil Richards and Matthew Costello, authors of the bestselling Cherringham series and the Mydworth Mysteries.
Episode 12 - Matthew Costello - CEO & Co-founder of Voyager
Houston Innovators Podcast
With any maritime shipment, thousands of emails are exchanged between all the various companies involved in the shipping process. That, to Matthew Costello, is extremely inefficient. Costello co-founded Voyager, a software-as-a-service company based in Houston that allows for email-less communication that uses data analysis to enhance and streamline maritime shipping. Costello discusses his plans for the company in the new year and what it was like fundraising across the world.
On December 10, 2019, Matthew Costello delivered the Banner Lecture, “The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President.”George Washington was an affluent slaveowner who believed that republicanism and social hierarchy were vital to the young country’s survival. And yet, he remains largely free of the “elitist” label affixed to his contemporaries, as Washington evolved in public memory during the nineteenth century into a man of the common people, the father of democracy. This memory, we learn in The Property of the Nation, was a deliberately constructed image, shaped and reshaped over time, generally in service of one cause or another. Matthew R. Costello traces this process through the story of Washington’s tomb, whose history and popularity reflect the building of a memory of America’s first president—of, by, and for the American people. Washington’s resting place at his beloved Mount Vernon estate was at times as contested as his iconic image; and in Costello’s telling, the many attempts to move the first president’s bodily remains offer greater insight to the issue of memory and hero worship in early America. Though describing the efforts of politicians, business owners, artists, and storytellers to define, influence, and profit from the memory of Washington at Mount Vernon, this book’s focus is the memory-making process that took place among American citizens.Dr. Matthew R. Costello is the Acting Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in American history at Marquette University, and his B.A. in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously worked on the George Washington Bibliography Project for the George Washington Papers at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President.This lecture is cosponsored by The White House Historical Association.
Matthew Costello, Neil Richards und Lektorin Kathrin Kummer über Cherringham
Bücher! Der Lübbe Audio-Podcast
The authors of our bestselling cosy mystery series Cherringham, Neil Richards and Matthew Costello, finally visited us in Cologne! Our editor talked with them about their transatlantic writing partnership and many more…The authors of our bestselling cosy mystery series Cherringham, Neil Richards and Matthew Costello, finally visited us in Cologne! Our editor Kathrin Kummer talked with them about their transatlantic writing partnership, the relationship of Jack and Sarah - and their thrilling new series …Endlich haben uns die Autoren unserer erfolgreichen Cosy-Crime-Serie, Neil Richards und Matthew Costello in Köln besucht! Hier könnt ihr hören, was sie unserer Lektorin Kathrin Kummer über ihre transatlantische Zusammenarbeit, die Beziehung zwischen Jack und Sarah – und ihre spannende neue Serie verraten haben.Zum aktuellen E-Book: https://itunes.apple.com/de/book/cherringham-mord-in-eisiger-nacht/id1437132156?mt=11Zum aktuellen Hörbuch: https://itunes.apple.com/de/audiobook/cherringham-landluft-kann-t%C3%B6dlich-sein-folge-32-mord/id1445167511