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



Upcoming Events

Founding Debates

Ford Orientation Center

To celebrate the three-year anniversary of the opening of the Washington Library, we are joining forces with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to host an old-fashioned debate entitled Hamilton v. Jefferson on Executive Power: What Would Washington Say?

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2nd Annual VACLE Constitutional Institute

Library

Please join George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Virginia Law Foundation for the Second Annual Constitutional Institute, exploring The Constitutionality of Executive Orders and Their Use Since Washington's Time, on September 29 and 30, 2016 at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. This program is generously supported by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.

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George Washington Leadership Lecture: A Conversation with James Comey

Ford Orientation Center

Please join the the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington for a conversation with FBI Director James Comey on Monday, October 3, 2016.

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2016 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History: Richard Brookhiser

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American History, Richard Brookhiser. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. This year's subject is Washington and Politics: In His Life, and After.

 

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Race and Slavery in History and Popular Culture

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Please join the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture for a roundtable discussion of race and slavery in history and popular culture, focused on The History Channel’s recent retelling of Alex Haley’s Roots

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Lorri Glover

Library

Mount Vernon welcomes author Lorri Glover to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall to discuss her book The Fate of the Revolution: Virginians Debate the Constitution on Thursday, October 20, 2016. 

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Lunch and Fellowship with David Hildebrand

Library

Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of the 2016-2017 class of fellows as he presents his findings at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

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2016 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History: Richard Brookhiser

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American History, Richard Brookhiser. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. This year's subject is Washington and Politics: In His Life, and After.

 

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The 2016 George Washington Symposium

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

As America endures one of the most contentious and expensive presidential campaigns in history, this year’s George Washington Symposium will focus on the nation’s first and best president, and the remarkable administration that laid the foundation for all who would follow in his footsteps.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: John Sedgwick

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author John Sedgwick to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.                                                                                                         

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Lydia Brandt

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Lydia Brandt to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington's Mount Vernon in the American Imagination on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. 

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