The Library frequently hosts a variety of dynamic events, welcoming established scholars, leaders, and experts from numerous fields.



Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: Thomas A. Foster

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Thomas A. Foster to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Sex and the Founding Fathers, on February 12, 2015.

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SOLD OUT: Lunch and Fellowship with Neal Millikan

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On February 17th, 2015 in the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Neal Millikan, Associate Editor of The Papers of George Washington, will describe how George Washington’s papers were preserved during his lifetime and what happened to these documents after his death.

This is an exclusive members-only event.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Jonathan Horn

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Jonathan Horn to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, on March 3, 2015.

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Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

This year’s Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include four presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors, over a period of three months. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of America’s Revolutionaries

This year’s Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include four presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors, over a period of three months. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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The Pursuit of Leadership: Remembering James MacGregor Burns

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In honor of the challenge of James MacGregor Burns’ life work, the beautiful new Presidential Library for George Washington, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, is hosting a two-day conference on Burns and his contribution to Leadership Studies. The conference will feature former students, colleagues, and mentees of Burns and will focus on the scholarship and legacy of one of the most influential thinkers on leadership.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Lynne Cheney

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Lynne Cheney to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss her book James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, followed by a reception, on April 16, 2015.

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Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America

This year’s Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include four presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors, over a period of three months. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss her book For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789, on May 14, 2015.

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Michelle Smith Lecture Series

The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites

This year’s Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include four presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors, over a period of three months. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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The 2015 Mount Vernon Decorative Arts Symposium

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The Lady of the House: Women and American Decorative Arts

The 2015 Mount Vernon Decorative Arts Symposium takes its inspiration from Martha Washington, the lady of the house and mistress of Mount Vernon plantation. Drawing together a distinguished roster of curators, historians, and art historians, the symposium will focus unprecedented attention on the role of women in the decorative arts -- as creators, patrons, designers, keepers, antiquarians, preservationists, and collectors.

Our schedule is still being finalized. Please check back for future updates.

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George Washington’s Yorktown: From Mount Vernon to Victory

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Join us for a two-day tour and battlefield excursion experience that highlights the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of the Yorktown campaign. Taught by noted historian and military expert, Dr. Ricardo Herrera from the US Command and General Staff College, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between leadership, planning, and execution that lead the American coalition forces from Mount Vernon to Victory.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Aaron David Miller

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Aaron David Miller to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President, on June 23, 2015.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Cassandra Good

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Cassandra Good to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss her book Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic, on July 23, 2015.

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