ABS Installs Historic George Washington Portrait in Trenton Office

Karla Pollack, ABS; William Sanders, Portraits of Patriots; Paula Hartman, ABS

August 16, 2012

Karla Pollack, karla@absnj.com
Paula Hartman, paula@absnj.com

ABS Installs Historic George Washington Portrait in Trenton Office
ABS to preserve and honor George Washington’s history

Trenton, NJ – After recently opening their new office just 40 steps away from the New Jersey State House and near some of the state’s most treasured historic sites, Trenton-based Association Business Solutions (ABS) is hanging a bit of the nation’s history on its own very walls. Today, ABS installed a historic portrait of George Washington in their conference room.

William E. Marshall 1862 Presidential Portrait of George Washington, the finest steel engraved portrait of the country’s first president ever done. The piece is an exact replica of the George Washington portrait that hung in the President’s Box at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, the night that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. National Geographic recently used this same portrait in the film adaptation of Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly scheduled to air Spring 2013.

The ABS portrait is a limited printing from the “original signed artist proof.” To maintain the portrait’s integrity, a special die was used to deboss the border of the museum quality archival stock. The company that performed the exquisite replication does similar restoration work for the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

The extensive work to preserve this portrait replica and others of George Washington is part of a grassroots effort led by NJ resident William Sanders. Mr. Sanders is the founder and Executive Director of Portraits of Patriots, a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating Washington’s great contributions to the United States by showcasing the President’s portraits in public places, especially in schools.

For ABS Co-Founders and Principals Karla Pollack and Paula Hartman, hanging the portrait in their new office has particular significance.

“The turning point in the American Revolution took place in Trenton and we can’t think of a more fitting tribute than displaying George Washington’s portrait in our new office,” said Karla Pollack. “And as small business owners, we are living out the American Dream that our founding fathers envisioned over 200 years ago,” added Paula Hartman. “This portrait of George Washington is a reminder of all that is possible in this great country of ours.”

The portrait will be on display in the new ABS offices at 132 West State Street starting Thursday August 16th. ABS welcomes visitors to stop by and view it. It will also be a center piece during ABS’s upcoming fall open house.


About Association Business Solutions
Association Business Solutions (ABS) provides a full range of association management services. We specialize in communications, management, government affairs and marketing packages that best position clients to serve members of their profession, industry or cause. For more information, please visit www.absnj.com.

About Portraits Patriots
Portraits of Patriots is a grass roots initiative founded in 1998 by William Sanders to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington. The main objective of the initiative is to return the portrait of George Washington that once hung in every American school. William Sanders has been recognized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was awarded their “Medal of Honor,” on June 28, 2006. He was appointed Commissioner of the Historic Sites Council of New Jersey by Gov. Chris Christie. For more information, please visit www.georgewashingtonportrait.net/.

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