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



Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: François Furstenberg

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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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Founding Debates - SOLD OUT

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

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 in the Vaughan Lobby.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Nathaniel Philbrick

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Nathaniel Philbrick to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, followed by a reception, on October 2, 2014.

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Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History - SOLD OUT

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

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

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.

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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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Teaching George Washington with 21st Century Standards Teacher Workshop: Pittsburgh

Join Mount Vernon’s Education Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Senator John Heinz History Center for a free professional development workshop exploring how to teach about George Washington with 21st Century academic standards. Sessions will include Washington's role in Western PA, teaching history through art, and primary sources. 

The workshop will be held at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA from 10:00am - 4:00pm 

Please Note: Registration is free, but requires a $20 deposit to be refunded after attending the workshop. Registration includes lunch, and 6 Act 48 credits will be offered. 

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George Washington and the Constitution Teacher Workshop: Philadelphia

Join constitutional scholars and curriculum experts for a day-long workshop presented by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the National Constitution Center.

Throughout the summer of 1787, George Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention and together with the Founding Fathers, crafted the United States Constitution. Participants in this teacher workshop will learn about General Washington’s contributions to the early formation of our country while discovering new ways to engage students in the classroom.

The workshop will be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA from 9:00am-3:00pm (registration begins at 8:30am). 

Please Note: Admission is $10 and includes access to the museum, lunch, and a $10 voucher to the museum gift shop. Act 48 credits will be offered.

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George Washington’s Yorktown: From Mount Vernon to Victory

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Mount Vernon’s Yorktown Excursion Program provides participants with an opportunity to observe, study and emulate principles of leadership demonstrated by George Washington and others in the penultimate campaign of the Revolutionary War. This two-day program is highlighted by lectures, discussion, and a walking tour of the Yorktown battlefield led by noted military historian, Dr. Ricardo Herrera, Associate Professor of Military History at the Fort Leavenworth US Army Command and General Staff College.

Cost of the program is $550 and includes travel, overnight accommodations in historic Williamsburg, and most meals.

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The George Washington Symposium

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

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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Ford Evening Book Talk: Denver Brunsman

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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.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Jeffrey Pasley

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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.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Turk McCleskey

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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.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Barbara Kellerman

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Barbara Kellerman to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss her book Hard Times: Leadership in America, on January 27, 2015.

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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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