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Available: March 9th 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Women with a View Symposium

The view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon is as remarkable now as it was over 200 years ago. The story behind the preservation of that view is the subject of “Women with a View,” a symposium at Mount Vernon on March 9th at 2:00 P.M.

The symposium will feature stories of the extraordinary women whose vision and leadership blazed new trails in historic preservation and land conservation: Ann Pamela Cunningham, founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association; Alice Ferguson, artist and amateur archaeologist, who began the effort to protect the natural landscape along the Potomac across from Mount Vernon; and Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton, who halted commercial development along the Potomac through purchase of a key property and then created the Accokeek Foundation to continue preservation efforts.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.

2:00pm - 2:15pm
Barbara B. Lucas, Regent Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
Welcome and Introduction

2:15pm - 2:45pm
Julia A. King, Professor, St. Mary’s College, Maryland, The Nation’s River: History, Environment, and Stewardship in the Potomac River Valley

2:45pm - 3:15pm
Carol Cadou, Vice President Historic Preservation and Collections, Mount Vernon
“Religiously Guarded from Change”: Ann Pamela Cunningham’s Vision for George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3:15pm - 3:45pm
Lori Arguelles, Executive Director, Alice Ferguson Foundation, The Many A’s of Alice: The Life and Legacy of Alice Ferguson

3:45pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:30pm
John H. Sprinkle, Jr., Bureau Historian, National Park Service, Valuing Vision: Frances Payne Bolton and the Preservation of George’s Washington’s “Overview”

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Lisa Hayes, President, Accokeek Foundation, A View for the Future

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cocktails in Ann Pamela Cunningham Building and tours of the Viewshed and Mansion