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



Upcoming Events

Lunch and Fellowship with Dana John Stefanelli

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On September 2, 2015 Library fellow Dana John Stefanelli will discuss the results of his research topic, "Building America’s Capital: George Washington’s City and the Economic Development of the United States."

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Andrea Wulf

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Andrea Wulf to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss her book The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, on September 16, 2015.

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#GWConstitutionDay Tweetup

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Celebrate the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution with the #GWConstitutionDay Tweetup at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon.

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SOLD OUT: 2015 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History: Joseph J. Ellis

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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 American Empire: Washington and the West. Lectures will take place from September 24 through November 19, 2015.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Nathaniel Green

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On October 1, 2015 Library fellow Nathaniel Green will discuss the results of his research topic, “The Man of the People: Political Dissent and the Making of the American Presidency.”

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Harry Kraemer

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Harry Kraemer to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership, on October 6, 2015.

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SOLD OUT: 2015 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History: Joseph J. Ellis

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Accidental Empire

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 American Empire: Washington and the West. Lectures will take place from September 24 through November 19, 2015.

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SOLD OUT: 2015 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History: Bonus Lecture with Flora Fraser

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The Washingtons: George and Martha, "Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love"

As a special offer to subscribers to this year’s series, we are offering a bonus lecture with British author Flora Fraser, who will discuss her new book about the marriage of George and Martha Washington.

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The George Washington Symposium

George Washington Goes to War

To commemorate the 240th anniversary of Washington taking command of the united colonies’ fledgling army, Mount Vernon’s annual George Washington Symposium will examine a number of fascinating topics associated with this critical point in history. Join leading historians, curators, and academics for an enlightening look at major influences on the first commander in chief’s life in 1775, from his experiences fighting in the French and Indian War, to the formation of the Continental Army. Explore how the General outfitted himself to lead, the books he read about the art of war, and how his steadfast companion in life became one of the cause’s endearing secret weapons.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Paul Brandus

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Paul Brandus to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency--21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories, on November 12, 2015.

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SOLD OUT: 2015 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History: Joseph J. Ellis

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Washington and McGillivray

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 American Empire: Washington and the West. Lectures will take place from September 24 through November 19, 2015.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Timothy Walker

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On November 20, 2015, Library fellow Timothy Walker will offer a rare European view of Revolutionary America, explaining the significant role that the Portuguese empire played in the story of the U.S. struggle for independence. Included will be a discussion of his research topic at the Fred W. Smith National Library, “Commercial Relationships between George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and the Kingdom of Portugal: Commodities, Ports & Merchants.”

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Colin Gordon Calloway

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Mount Vernon welcomes author Colin Gordon Calloway to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army, on December 1, 2015.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: T. H. Breen

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Mount Vernon welcomes author and historian T. H. Breen to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his new book George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation, on January 20, 2016.

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