A debate on the issue of which president was considered better — George Washington or Abraham Lincoln — at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover.
“Washington vs. Lincoln — Who Was the Greatest President” will feature two historians making the case for each president in a debate format. The case for Washington will be made by Samuel Hoff, George Washington distinguished professor of history and political science at Delaware State University, and Tom Welch, historic-site interpreter at the Old State House.
Presenting the case for President Lincoln will be Larry Koch, retired educator from Maine, and Daniel Pritchett, retired Dover history teacher. The debate will be moderated by David Skocik, parade master, emcee and local public-relations professional. Acting as judge of the debate will be Judge William Witham, of the Superior Court of Kent County. Representing the press and invited to question the debaters will be Andrew West, editor of the Delaware State News, and Myna German, professor of media at Delaware State University.
The audience will vote their preference. After the verdict is announced, a reception will be held in which apple pie and cherry pie will be served. Washington and Lincoln memorabilia from three different collections will be on display.
The event is jointly sponsored by The Old State House and the Dover History-Book-Club.
Admission is free but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 744-5054 no later than Feb. 18. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to Feb. 26.
For information, visit history.delaware.gov.