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Library Events and Programs

The library will frequently host events targeted towards both the academic and non-academic worlds, welcoming experts from a variety of historical fields. Learn more about our upcoming events.

Apr.
17

Evening Book Talk: James Corbett David

Mount Vernon welcomes author James Corbett David to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Scalping, Indian Politics, Runaway Slaves, and Two Illegal Royal Weddings, on April 17, 2014.

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Apr.
30

Lunch and Fellowship: Dr. Larson

Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of the inaugural class of fellows, as they present their findings and their research at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Dr. Edward Larson, a member of the Library’s inaugural class of fellows, will discuss the results of his research topic, "George Washington’s Role in Shaping the Constitution".

Note: This is an exclusive members-only event.
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May
21

Evening Book Talk: John A. Nagy

Mount Vernon welcomes author John A. Nagy to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, on May 21, 2014.

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May
22

Lunch and Fellowship: James Kirby Martin, Ph.D.

On May 22, 2014 at the Rubenstein Leadership Hall in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Dr. James Kirby Martin, a member of the Library’s inaugural class of fellows, will discuss the results of his research topic, "George Washington: The Greatest Character of the Age".

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May
30

Triennial Garden Symposium

It is not often that an assemblage of renowned speakers with decades of experience working within their respective fields, specialized in areas of historic landscape exploration, preservation, physical/visual presentation, and public interpretation, gather in a symposium setting.

This conference at Mount Vernon will examine, discuss and evaluate a wide variety of topics -- starting below ground with appropriate 18th-century bulbs and the search for lost gardens, moving to gardening under cover and specialized structures for maintaining plants throughout the winter, then to the trans-Atlantic exchange of seed and their frontier stories, and finally gardens of 18th-century Virginia. This conference offers a broad scope of historic garden and landscape topics and will prove to be intellectually stimulating and a most enjoyable conference for all.

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Jun.
3

Evening Book Talk: Robert McDonald

Mount Vernon welcomes author Robert McDonald to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés, on June 3, 2014.

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Where the Cherry Tree Grew: An Interview with Phillip Levy

Mount Vernon recently had the opportunity to sit down with Phil Levy, author of Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home. Learn more about Washington’s early days in Fredericksburg, Virginia and about some of the myths that originated from this period.

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Past Book Talks

Jan. 30, 2014 - Philip Levy
February 6, 2014 - Joseph Manca
March 4, 2014 - C. L. Bragg