Past Events

Regional Workshop: Ticonderoga, New York

Referring to Henry Knox, Washington once wrote to John Adams, “there is no man in the United States with whom I have been in habits of greater intimacy; no one whom I have loved more sincerely, nor any for whom I have had a greater friendship”. Through this one-day workshop with Fort Ticonderoga, teachers will examine the relationship of these two men through rich content, primary sources, and a tour of Fort Ticonderoga.

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Regional Workshop: Cleveland, Ohio

Join George Washington's Mount Vernon and The Cleveland Museum of Art to explore George Washington's life and contributions to American History through images.

Please Note: This program is currently at capacity.

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Workshop: Madison, Wisconsin

Throughout this three-day workshop, co-hosted by the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teachers will explore the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington through the lens of the relationships he made over the course of his life. Participants will do a deep dive into 18th-century content, including primary sources, and gain strategies and new methodology to take back to their classroom.

Please Note: Registration for this program has closed. 

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The Model Citizen: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government

Summer Residential Program - Week 6

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.

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century

Summer Residential Program - Week 5

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington

Summer Residential Program - Week 4

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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

Summer Residential Program - Week 3

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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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.

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief

Summer Residential Program - Week 1

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Scholars to Leaders

AP exams are over, classes are still in session, and you’re looking for a meaningful way to engage with your high school students. World Affairs Council DC and George Washington’s Mount Vernon have teamed up for the third annual Scholars to Leaders livestream interactive webcast that connects lessons from history to current events.

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Slavery in George Washington's World

Spring 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.

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century

Spring 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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Ammerman Student Leadership Program

 George Washington as Change Agent: Empowering Students for Civic Engagement will apply George Washington’s life and leadership model to inspire, engage, and empower high school juniors and seniors to become change makers in their community. Educators are invited to bring 3-4 students who serve their schools or communities in a civic, service, sports, or other leadership capacity to the Washington Library for a day of leadership programming.

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Regional Workshop: Savannah, Georgia

Explore Washington's business acumen with experts from George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Georgia Historical Society. Learn how inventions can be used as primary sources, and how to incorporate STEM into the history classroom.

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Educators' Evening: An Evening with Laurie Halse Anderson

Ford Orientation Center

Join the Education Department for a special evening for educators with author Laurie Halse Anderson!

Tour the Mount Vernon mansion by candlelight, explore our new exhibit, Lives Bound Together, enjoy a conversation with award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson, 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 Wednesday, November 16

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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George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief

Fall Residential Program
Lead Scholar: Dr. Christopher Pearl

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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George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government

Fall Residential Program 
Lead Scholar: Dr. Denver Brunsman

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Regional Workshop: Montgomery, Alabama

Explore the ways in which teachers can use the biographies of and primary source from George Washington, Rosa Parks, and other historical figures to integrate student leadership into school curriculum.

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Regional Workshop: Mobile, Alabama

Learn more about the intersection of History and STEM as it connects to the Gulf Coast with maritime historians and 18th century navigation activities. 

Please Note: This program is currently at capacity. A wait list for registration is available for those who wish to be informed if spaces become available. 

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Regional Workshop: Portland, Oregon

Join scholars, curators, and museum educators at the Portland Art Museum for an all-day workshop to investigate the history of Native Americans from Washington’s time through the colonization of the Pacific Northwest through primary sources and art.

Please Note: This program is currently at capacity. A wait list for registration is available for those who wish to be informed if spaces become available.

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Regional Workshop: Bend, Oregon

Join experts and museum educators from George Washington's Mount Vernon and the High Desert Museum for an all- day workshop exploring the history, economics, and importance of food and food production in both George Washington's America and on the Western American homestead.

Please Note: Limited substitute funding is available for this program.

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Regional Workshop: Houston, Texas

Learn about the past through objects with curators, archaeologists, and educators from George Washington's Mount Vernon and Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens. 

Please Note: This program is currently at capacity. A wait list registration is available for those who wish to be informed if spaces become available.

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Regional Workshop: Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Explore how the definition of citizenship and the immigrant experience changed from the 18th-20th centuries and how citizenship has been redefined in the 21st century.

Please Note: This program is currently at capacity. A wait list registration is available for those who wish to be informed if spaces become available.

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First in Business: Washington's Entrepreneurial Ventures

Summer Residential Program - Week 4
Lead Scholar: Dr. Ed Lengel

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Slavery in George Washington's World

Summer Residential Program - Week 5
Leader Scholar: Richard Josey

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 application deadline for this program has passed.

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Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century

Summer Residential Program - Week 4
Lead Scholar: Dr. Carol Berkin

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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George Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief

Summer Residential Program - Week 3
Lead Scholar: Dr. Christopher Pearl

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Teacher Days: Elections!

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join the George Washington Teacher Institute for a FREE public, two-day professional development program for educators of all grade levels. This year's topic will explore U.S. elections from 1789 to the present. 

Registration opens May 11, 2016. Spaces are limited. 

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Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington

Summer Residential Program - Week 2
Lead Scholar: Dr. Denver Brunsman

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. 

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government

Summer Residential Program - Week 1
Lead Scholar: Dr. Scott Casper

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.

The application deadline for this program has passed.

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Scholars to Leaders: Townhall Meeting for AP and IB Students

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other Advanced History, Government, and Civics classrooms are invited to tune in to our Scholars to Leaders live-stream interactive webcast. Each day will provide unique programming from George Washington's Mount Vernon and our partners the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the World Affairs Council- DC.  

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2016 National Council for History Education Annual Conference

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A Residential Week with George Washington for Texas Teachers

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Middle States Council for the Social Studies

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Regional Workshop: Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia

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Regional Workshop: North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina

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A Residential Weekend With George Washington for Virginia Teachers

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Educators' Evening: Holiday Traditions

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National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

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Regional Workshop: Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas

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Regional Workshop: New Haven Museum in New Haven, Connecticut

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Regional Workshop: The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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George Washington Teacher Institute Alumni Happy Hour at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Regional Workshop: Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, Connecticut

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Regional Workshop: Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Regional Workshop: Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina

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Regional Workshop: Providence, Rhode Island

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Public Days: George Washington and the Founding Documents

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George Washington and the West (Bowling Green, KY)

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George Washington and the West (Frankfort, KY)

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National Council for History Education Annual Conference

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National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

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George Washington: An Artful Perspective (Bentonville, AR)

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George Washington: The Presidency (Little Rock, AR)

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Virginia Council for Social Studies Annual Conference

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George Washington and the Constitution Teacher Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)

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Teaching George Washington with 21st Century Standards Teacher Workshop (Pittsburgh, PA)

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National Education Association Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly

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National History Day Awards Ceremony

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