The Rev. Gary Beard portrays George Washington. Copyright 2001 Echelberry

Gary Beard
14531 Peppertree Circle
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 544-6635

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No name or date better symbolizes the spirit of America than “Washington 1776.” In the 21st century, we are slowly losing a sense of the dynamic behind the man who inspired and won the battle for independence and the date that separated tyranny from freedom.
For 39 years, the Rev. Gary Beard has portrayed George Washington in hundreds of classrooms, assemblies and churches. He has appeared at the Nixon Presidential Library each Presidents Day and Fourth of July for the past 17 years and was the official George Washington in all San Bernardino bicentennial events.

He brings to each performance a hands-on exhibit of historical artifacts including currency, stamps, and a first-edition book containing the actual story of the cherry tree. He dresses children in period clothing with authentic hats, drums and powder horns.
He portrays a wide variety of situations surrounding the life of America’s favorite gentleman soldier.

I marvel at the very effective way you engage our guests — families and youngsters — in the history of America’s first President.

Your uniform, displays, memorabilia and artifacts are always fascinating to the crowd that gathers around whenever you’re here. ....

Sandy Quinn
Assistant Director
Richard Nixon Library

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Notes and The Federal House

Dear Mr. Beard (aka George Washington),
I think you did a good job during the revolution. Thank you for coming to my school Arroyo Elementary and Aldersgate Children's Center. I loved hearing about our first president and seeing all the cool things you brought in, especially the flag.
I can't wait to see you in the Tustin Tiller Day Parade.
Thank you,
Christian (age 6)


Mr. Beard,
I also wanted to thank you for the wonderful gift you are giving the children you visit. My son Christian was so excited when he first saw you at the Aldersgate Children's Center. He came home and told me all about your visit and shared the fun activites you did with the children. The cannon ball was a hit!! When I picked him up from school today he coudln't wait to tell me how George Washington came to see all the first graders at Arroyo and that he recognized you. This time he insisted we log on to your website so he could see what was there. You have inspired my little guy to learn all he can about George Washington, and for that I thank you.
Vanessa Martinez


Dear President Washington, 
Thank you for visiting my school.  I learned about the cannonball.  My favorite part was the horse named Nelson.  I hope we see you again soon. 
Your friend,


Dear Gary, 
I was at the Chamber of Commerce Mixer in Indio on Tuesday evening and had the pleasure of hearing you speak.  I was so surprised at your wonderful portral of George Washington.  It made me feel so patriotic, and I appreciate how hard you work to educate people.  Thank you so much for being there. 


Dear Rev. Beard, 
Thank you so much for sharing your love of our nation's history with our children.  
Yours, Crown Valley Elementary School


Dear President Washington, 
I learned all new things about George Washington.  My favorite part was  looking at your stuff.  You are a great reenactor.  I hope we will see you again. 
Your friend, Teresa


Dear President Washinton, 
Thank you for visiting our school.  I learned that the cannon ball was in the real war.  That was really cool!  My favorite part was how he made his flag and you showed it to us.
Your friend, Emily