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



Upcoming Events

The 2018 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

The 2018 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of three months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Joseph F. Stoltz III

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Joseph F. Stoltz III to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and in Memory on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Igor V. Babailov

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with artist Igor V. Babailov on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The program will last around one and a half hours, featuring a presentation on Babailov's previous work such as his portrait of George Washington titled, My Beloved Country and a live portrait demonstration. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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The 2018 Annual Martha Washington Lecture

Fred W. Smith National Library

In observance of Women's History Month, Mount Vernon and the Washington Library welcome historians Martha Saxton and Cynthia Kierner to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Moderated by Mount Vernon's Senior Vice President of Historic Preservation & Collections, Carol Borchert Cadou, these scholars will discuss their groundbreaking, new research in a program titled, “Keep all matters in order your self…”: Two Women from the 18th-Century South. A cocktail reception and object viewing will follow.

This annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

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The 2018 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The 2018 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of three months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Steven C. Bullock

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Steven C. Bullock to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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The 2018 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

The 2018 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of three months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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The 2018 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join leading curators, historians, and art historians as they examine a wide variety of styles, objects, methods, and techniques which crisscrossed the Atlantic between Britain and America.

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