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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.


Ford Evening Book Talk: Francis D. Cogliano

Mount Vernon welcomes author Francis D. Cogliano to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy, on August 7, 2014.

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Sept. 11

Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History

Sep. 11, Oct. 9, Oct. 28, Nov. 13

This popular educational series includes four lecturers and four receptions and is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. This year’s theme is George Washington and the American Union. Lectures will take place from September 11 through November 13, 2014.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: François Furstenberg

Mount Vernon welcomes author François Furstenberg to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees who Shaped a Nation, on September 18, 2014.

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Sept. 25

Founding Debates

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, you are invited to join a panel of rising stars in the study of America’s Founding Era who will talk about their work, and the state of the field, in a discussion led by Library Director Douglas Bradburn. Join us for lively and informative conversation, with ample opportunity for questions from the audience, followed by a cocktail reception on the Library’s Founders’ Terrace.


Ford Evening Book Talk: Nathaniel Philbrick

Mount Vernon welcomes author Nathaniel Philbrick to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, on October 2, 2014.

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The Sulgrave Symposium

In commemoration of the Bicentennial of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812, and led to long-lasting peace and friendship between the United States and Great Britain, a series of events is being planned in and around Washington, D.C. during October 10 and 11 of 2014.

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The Face of the Nation: George Washington, Art, and America

Join leading historians, curators, and art historians for a fascinating look at some of the unforgettable icons of American art, from Gilbert Stuart’s unfinished portrait of the first president, to Emanuel Leutze’s dramatic tableau of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Explore how different artists met the challenge of portraying the enigma that was Washington, and how his image played a pivotal role in developing America’s image of itself, its history, and its future. You’ll never look at a dollar bill the same way again!

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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
April 17, 2014 - James Corbett David
May 21, 2014 - John A. Nagy
June 3, 2014 - Robert McDonald
June 26, 2014 - CACI Chairman Dr. J. Phillip (Jack) London
July 9, 2014 - Cynthia A. Kierner