The George Washington Museum of American History
Now is the time for a Renaissance of art, music, technology and story that will help unite the country and bring to life America’s History like never before.
A team of world renown artists, historians, and musicians are being assembled to create and build a multimedia exhibition and museum of historical dimensions depicting the most character-inspiring moments in the history of America.
Founder & Chairman of the Board: Eric Dowdle
The museum will be built in Utah to preserve and educate people on the story of this great nation. We are bringing the rich history of America typically found in the east, to the west, to unite, educate and inspire.
Governor of Utah: Governor Gary Herbert
A Message from Eric Dowdle, Tim Ballard, Paul Cardall & Governor Gary Herbert
Our founding Fathers and Mothers were people of character who believed in the ideals of Freedom. As Chief Historian I am assembling a team that will preserve and educate people on the story of this great nation from its earliest roots to the present day. This story will come alive through art, music, and film.
Chief Historian: Tim Ballard
My role as Chief Composer will be to lead a team of gifted musicians to capture through original music the emotional integrity, spiritual depth, tragedy, triumph, heroism, and overall beauty of the American story and those who struggled to build a God fearing nation with liberty and justice for all. Hans Christian Anderson said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
Chief Composer: Paul Cardall
Help Us Bring to Life
The Greatest Moments in American History
We are compiling the most inspiring and most important stories in American History. We invite YOU to tell us what important story YOU think should be in 250 Greatest Moments in American History (from the Founding until the present day), and how it should be brought to life through art, music, and story.
Co-founder of Women of Light
Board Member / Development Director
Director of Marketing
Formerly Ogilvy & Mather
Director of Communications
Formerly Google and Facebook
Lead Project Manager
Founder & Chairman of the Board
World Renowned Folk Artist
President & CEO Salt Lake Chamber
US Bicentennial Commission
Our Mission Statement
The George Washington Museum of American History is dedicated to bringing the story of America’s founding and promise to life in the Western United States and beyond through a variety of interactive, educational experiences that inspire all, both young and old, to connect to their history and pass on American ideals and principles for generations to come.
Board Member / Chief Historian
OUR Founder | Author
Board Member / Chief Composer
Pianist, Composer, & Producer
Former Utah Senator
Jeffrey D. Steed
Partner Kirton | McConkie
Charles W. Dahlquist II
Boy Scouts of America
Mother of 3 Kids | Alpine, UT
Advisory Board Member
Director BYU Animation Department
Leading up to July 4, 2026, this multimedia exhibition will tour our nation's 50 states before landing in its permanent home, the largest American History museum west of the Mississippi.
The George Washington Museum of American History will consist of 18 acres of land including a likeness of Mount Vernon, two large museum buildings, a working farm, barns, retail cottages, green house, gardens, office & ticketing buildings, and onsite parking facilities.
There will be more than 40,000 square feet of museum exhibition space. The main museum building (Mount Vernon) is where the story of George Washington will be told and where a fine dining restaurant, "Martha Washington's Kitchen"; an event center for corporate events, weddings, performances; and a gift shop will be located. The museum will flow into the two larger buildings where exhibits will cover the rest of American History till the present, and include office space and an art studio. Visitors will also enjoy carriage rides, a children's farm, an equestrian barn, garden, blacksmith shop, bakery and other boutiques.
WASHINGTON D.C.—June 7, 2018—Today, in preparation for the United States turning 250 years old on July 4, 2026, artists, historians, celebrities, politicians, business leaders, parents, and students converge on the U.S. Capitol for the unveiling of Utah’s gift to the nation, the George Washington Museum of American History: a National tour of the 250 Greatest Moments of American History brought to life through music, art, and story; touring all 50 states before landing in its permanent home in Utah, where it will become the largest American History museum west of the Mississippi.
"Recently, PoliTech, a student group at Texas Tech University went around campus and asked three questions: “Who won the Civil War?”, “Who is our Vice President?” and “Who did we gain our independence from?” Students’ answers ranged from “the South?” for the first question to “I have no idea” for all three of them. However, when asked about the show Snookie starred in (“Jersey Shore”) or Brad Pitt’s marriage history, they answered correctly.
This lack of knowledge in American history is not limited to college students. Studies over the years show Americans of all ages fail to answer the most simple of questions. A 2008 study by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which surveyed more than 2,500 Americans, found that only half of adults in the country could name the three branches of government. The 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report found that only 18 percent of 8th graders were proficient or above in U.S. History and only 23 percent in Civics."
“Now is the time for a Renaissance of art, music and story that will help unite the country and bring to life America’s History like never before. A team of world renown artists, historians, and musicians are being assembled to create and build a multimedia exhibition and museum of historical dimensions depicting 250 of the most character inspiring moments in the history of America,” shared Eric Dowdle, TV personality and world renowned Artist, and the founder of the George Washington Museum of American History.
Joining Eric as Chief Historian is former federal special agent, American historian, and author, Tim Ballard. “Our founding Fathers and Mothers were people of character who believed in the ideals of Freedom. As Chief Historian, I am assembling a team of historians that will help preserve and educate people on the story of this great Nation from its earliest roots to the present day. We are also opening this up to YOU, the public, to submit a video and tell us what important story YOU think should be in 250 Greatest Moments in American History, and how it should be brought to life through art, music, and story. Go to www.georgewashingtonmuseum.org to submit your video today.”
Serving as Chief Composer is gifted pianist, composer, & producer, Paul Cardall. Paul shares, “My role as Chief Composer will be to lead a team of gifted musicians to capture through original music the emotional integrity, spiritual depth, tragedy, triumph, heroism, and overall beauty of the American Story and those who struggled to build a God fearing nation with liberty and justice for all. Hans Christian Anderson said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
Today’s announcement was made at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. where participants included Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Utah Representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, John Curtis, and Mia Love. Additional attendees include representatives from the USA250 organization, The National Coalition of History, American Battlefield Trust, Daughters of The American Revolution, and others.
As the resting place for the 250 Greatest Moments of American History, The George Washington Museum of American History will bring the rich history of America typically found in the east to the west, to unite, educate and inspire. Many east coast families and students have access to the rich American history in the eastern United States, but not so many families in the western United States. The opening of the George Washington Museum of American History will help save a family of 4 in the western United States over $900 in air fare, to experience and to instill a love of American history closer to home and for many, right in their backyard.
“This National Tour and museum allows greater access to the history and stories that built the founders dream of America,” states Eric Dowdle. “In less time than it took George Washington to drive a buggy from Mt. Vernon to D.C. in 1776, a whole generation of children and families will commute to this new venue and experience American History in a new way.”
For more information, and to setup media interviews, please go to www.georgewashingtonmuseum.org or contact Patrick Tedjamulia, Director of Communications for the George Washington Museum of American History. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram @georgewashingtonmuseum
Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, and Representatives Chris Stewart, John Curtis, Rob Bishop and Mia Love join the announcement from Capitol Hill.
Announcing Utah’s Birthday Gift for America’s 250th Anniversary in 2026: George Washington Museum of American History to be Largest in Western U.S. with Exhibition to Tour all 50 States.