Lessons in Leadership

Monday, December 18, 2017

by Chidinma Nnoromele The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program (MVLF) is a six-week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president. The program brings together passionate and cause-driven college students to learn from and be inspired by the rich history…


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Lives Bound Together: Telling George Smith’s Story

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

by Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator The special exhibition Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon opened to the public on October 1, 2016. But visitors might not realize that there is always something new to see: because paper is very light-sensitive, curatorial staff change the documents on display twice a year. In September…


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Mary Ball Washington's Battle with Breast Cancer

Thursday, November 09, 2017

by Mary V. Thompson In the spring of 1787, as George Washington was preparing to leave Mount Vernon to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, an express rider arrived, carrying an emergency summons to Fredericksburg, Virginia. In telling a friend about his change of plans, Washington noted that “not a moment is to be lost,” because his…


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Seasonal Changes in Mount Vernon's Mansion

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Walking through the Mansion feels like a snapshot into the daily life of the Washingtons. Mount Vernon's Collections team changes the setup in each room seasonally to recreate the way Mount Vernon's guests would have seen it in the 1790s. Earlier this month, the staff again changed the scenarios in the dining room, butler's pantry, kitchen, and slave…


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The Widow Custis' Inheritance in the Blue Room

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Among the mid-century (18th century that is) style furnishings that will make their appearance in the Blue Room is a mahogany bureau dressing table, a Richmond-made reproduction of a Williamsburg-made original that once seamlessly translated British style to the colonies. The original dressing table for the Blue Room has not been identified, but…


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