George Washington's first inauguration (1789)
New York City was the nation’s first capitol and the site of the first presidential inauguration. Standing near a replica of Federal Hall’s frontage on Wall Street, visitors enter the time and place of George Washington’s first swearing-in.
They admire appointing showing the beautiful wrought-iron balustrade where he stood in full view of the crowds below, and recite the dramatically brief oath of office that the U.S. Constitution requires of incoming presidents.
” Cast Your Vote” is a related interactive in which visitors watch the growth of U.S. suffrage over time, learning who was and was not allowed to vote in different elections.