Join the Library staff and co-sponsor Gadsby's Tavern Museum for our first ever Tweetup! See the original Francis Scott Key manuscript for our National Anthem, learn about the War of 1812 history at Mount Vernon, and discover how Alexandria resident and tavern owner John Gadsby relates to it all. Participants will see rarely viewed letters from Mount Vernon's special collections, hear about archival conservation, and venture into the vault that houses the likes of George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress and Martha Washington’s Bible.
This popular educational series includes four lectures 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.
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!
Mount Vernon welcomes author Denver Brunsman to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World, on November 18, 2014.
Mount Vernon welcomes author Jeffrey Pasley to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book The First Presidential Contest: The Election of 1796 and the Beginnings of American Democracy, on December 16, 2014.
Mount Vernon welcomes author Turk McCleskey to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book The Road to Black Ned's Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier, on January 8, 2014.