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



Upcoming Events

2017 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History

Ford Orientation Center

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American History, a position established to honor the Association's 18th Regent through the generosity of Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. This year's lecturer is Gordon S. Wood.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Rachel Engl

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2017-18 class of research fellows as she discusses her research topic America’s First Band of Brothers: Friendship, Camaraderie, and Collusion within the Continental Army during the Revolutionary Era on Thursday, October 26. A boxed lunch will be provided. 

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The 2017 George Washington Symposium

During his exciting and well-traveled lifetime, the Father of Our Country slept in a great number of beds, and today, historic sites from Maine to Georgia proudly proclaim that “George Washington Slept Here.” Join leading historians, curators, and academics for an enlightening look at the wide variety of places where Washington lived or visited, including his early years on the frontier, the tropical island of Barbados, his war-time headquarters in Massachusetts, and the nearby capitol city of Annapolis. We will also explore his collection of maps and surveys, learn about his adventurous journey to the Southern States in 1791, and examine many of the actual beds he slept on.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes authors Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss their book Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

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2017 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History

Ford Orientation Center

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American History, a position established to honor the Association's 18th Regent through the generosity of Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. This year's lecturer is Gordon S. Wood.

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2017 Founding Debates

Ford Orientation Center

To celebrate the four-year anniversary of the opening of the Washington Library, the Library is hosting an old-fashioned debate regarding the Freedom of the Press moderated by Mark Preston. The Founding Debates are sponsored by The Ammerman Family Foundation to honor James C. Rees, whose vision lives on with the Washington Library.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Paul Staiti

Ford Orientation Center

Mount Vernon welcomes author Paul Staiti to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss his book Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters' Eyes on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

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