In 1797, a memento was given by President George Washington to an Abingdon local who was serving in Congress. They would both leave office that same year, but the memento, a ladle made of buffalo horn and silver, would forever bind their friendship and be cherished by the congressman's family.
Through the years, the ladle was the subject of national display, theft, vandalism and a climactic return to its rightful owners. Jackson will present a research paper on the topic, which covers more than 200 years of history and even some mystery.
Jackson is an Abingdon, Va., native. He serves as the assistant town manager and as the town’s director of planning, preservation and community development and zoning administrator.
He is a contributing researcher and writer to the Historical Society of Washington County, Va., and the Virginia Historical Society.
The Monday, April 8, meeting is in conjunction with the Bristol Public Library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community.” This historical presentation is free and open to the public.