Mount Vernon's Education Department offers a number of dynamic, practical, and engaging programs for educators and students of all ages. Get involved by checking out our list of upcoming events.



Upcoming Events

Educators' Evening: An Evening with BackStory

Join the Education Department for a special evening for educators with the BackStory Podcast.

Tour the Mount Vernon mansion by candlelight, explore the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center and Museum, enjoy a conversation with producers and historians of BackStory, and celebrate the season with hors d’oeuvres and drinks hosted by the Mount Vernon Education Department and the Washington Library. 

Registration will open on November 20, 2017.

Please Note: This program has a $5 registration fee. The registration fee will be refunded after attendance at the event; registrants who do not attend the event will not be refunded. 

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Regional Workshop: New York City, New York

Co-sponsored by the New York Historical Society and the George Washington Teacher Institute, this workshop will allow teachers to explore the history of the Revolutionary War through primary source documents. Teachers will work with historians and museum educators to dive deep into content, including George Washington’s leadership and the Battle of Brooklyn, while exploring the New York Historical Society’s exhibition, Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence, and objects from the era.

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Regional Workshop: San Marino, California

Join George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Huntington Library to explore the political and private spheres of 18th century Americans, including George Washington, through four case studies. 

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Slavery in George Washington's World

Spring Residential Program

Explore the lives of the over 300 enslaved individuals who lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Individual narratives of these men and women will be used side-by-side with written records and archaeological evidence to broaden your understanding of slavery in the 18th century.

The applications period for this program has ended.

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Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century

Summer Residential Program - Week 1

Find new ways to connect the women of the founding era to the broader subject of women's history through an examination of Martha Washington and her contemporaries. Special focus will be paid to the time Martha Washington spent by her husband's side during the American Revolution and her role as the first First Lady of the United States of America. 

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Slavery in George Washington's World

Summer Residential Program - Week 2

Explore the lives of the over 300 enslaved individuals who lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Individual narratives of these men and women will be used side-by-side with written records and archaeological evidence to broaden your understanding of slavery in the 18th century.

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The Great Experiment: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government

Summer Residential Program - Week 3

Explore George Washington's influence on the seminal moments of our nation's founding through examination of his role at the Constitutional Convention, in the ratification of the Constitution, and as the first president.

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First in Business: George Washington, Mount Vernon, and the New Nation

Summer Residential Program - Week 4

Discover how George Washington's interest in surveying, agriculture, and innovation created lasting effects on the progress of the economy of the young United States. Explore the limits and opportunities of Washington's own entrepreneurial interests through hands-on experiences on the Mount Vernon Estate and in-depth primary source analysis with account books, farm reports, and maps. Participants will gain first-hand experience combining STEM and historical thinking skills. 

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Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief

Summer Residential Program - Week 5

Discover George Washington's individual contributions to the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, as well as the broader impact these events had on 18th-century society. Sessions will focus on Washington's leadership challenges and opportunities, as well as the decisions of individual men and women to join the Patriot cause. 

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Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington

Summer Residential Program - Week 6

Gain insight into the journey George Washington took to gain a reputation that inspired others in his success during this 5-day residential program at Mount Vernon. Make connections between Washington's story and your students' lives and return to your classroom armed with new resources. 

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Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington

Fall Residential Program 

Gain insight into the journey George Washington took to gain a reputation that inspired others in his success during this 4-day residential program at Mount Vernon. Make connections between Washington's story and your students' lives and return to your classroom armed with new resources. 

Applications for Fall 2018 will be available in Spring 2018.

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