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



Upcoming Events

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

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

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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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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Lunch and Fellowship with Kristen D. Burton

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On November 19, 2014 at the Rubenstein Leadership Hall in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Kristen D. Burton, a member of the Library’s 2014-2015 class of fellows, will discuss the results of her research topic, "John Barleycorn vs. Sir Richard Rum: Alcohol, the Atlantic, and the Distilling of Colonial Identity 1650-1800".

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Lunch and Fellowship with Erin Eisenbarth

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On December 1, 2014 at the Rubenstein Leadership Hall in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Erin Eisenbarth, a member of the Library’s 2014-2015 class of fellows, will discuss the results of her research topic, "Collecting George Washington: Myths, Meanings, and Memorabilia"

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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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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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