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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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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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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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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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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.

A few single event tickets remain for the third and final lecture in this series. These tickets can be purchased using the TICKETS link provided. 

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Musical Maryland with David and Ginger Hildebrand

Fred W. Smith National Library

Mount Vernon welcomes David and Ginger Hildebrand to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall to discuss David's new book Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Throughout the discussion, the Hildebrands will perform on a variety of colonial-era instruments.

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2017 USC George Washington Leadership Lecture

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 former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, on Thursday, October 12, 2017. A reception will follow the discussion.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Hugh Fairfax

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with the Honorable Hugh Fairfax, a descendant of Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax, the Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia, and brother of Nicholas, 14th Lord Fairfax, as he discusses his new book Fairfax of Virginia: The Forgotten Story of America’s only Peerage, 1690-1960 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: S. Max Edelson

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author S. Max Edelson to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

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3rd Annual VACLE Constitutional Institute: Freedom of the Press

Please join George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Virginia Law Foundation for the Third Annual Constitutional Institute, exploring Freedom of the Press - Constitutional Protections, “Fake News,” and Where Do We Go from Here?, on September 28 and 29, 2017 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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Lunch and Fellowship with Scott Miller

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2016-17 class of research fellows as he discusses his research topic A Merchant’s Republic: Independence, Depression, and the Development of American Capitalism, 1760-1807 on Wednesday, September 13. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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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.

A few single event tickets remain for the third and final lecture in this series. These tickets can be purchased using the TICKETS link provided. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Carol Berkin

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Carol Berkin to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

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Lunch and Fellowship with David Flaherty

Fred W. Smith National Library

Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of the Washington Library's 2016-17 class of research fellows as he discusses his research topic, Envisioning Empire on the British-American Frontier: What did the West mean to George Washington? on Wednesday, August 30. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Jamie Brummitt

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member our 2016-17 class of fellows as she discusses her research topic Protestant Relics: The Politics of Religion & the Art of Mourning in the Early American Republic on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Philip G. Smucker

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Philip G. Smucker to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America's First President on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Larrie D. Ferreiro

Mount Vernon welcomes author Larrie D. Ferreiro to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Matthew Mason

Mount Vernon welcomes author Matthew Mason to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

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The 2017 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join leading gardeners, historians, horticulturalists, archaeologists, and preservationists as they reconsider the importance of gardening, landscapes, and design in early America.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Edward Gray

Mount Vernon welcomes author Edward Gray to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Tom Paine's Iron Bridge: Building a United States on May 16, 2017.

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The 2017 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

The 2017 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 2017 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The 2017 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: Michael Klarman

Ford Orientation Center

Mount Vernon welcomes author Michael J. Klarman to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss his book The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

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The 2017 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The 2017 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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Lunch and Fellowship with Bruce Ragsdale

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with the Washington Library's first Georgian Papers Fellow, Dr. Bruce Ragsdale, as he discusses his work at the Royal Archives in London and Windsor Castle. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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2017 Annual Martha Washington Lecture

Fred W. Smith National Library

Mount Vernon and the Fred W. Smith Library welcome Flora Fraser and Zara Anishanslin to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall to discuss 18th-Century Women as Consumers on Both Sides of the Atlantic on Thursday March 16, 2017.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Maurizio Valsania

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of the 2016-17 class of research fellows as he discusses his findings at the Washington Library on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: John Steele Gordon

Mount Vernon welcomes author John Steele Gordon to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Washington's Monument: And the Fascinating History of the Obelisk on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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Lunch and Fellowship with the Financial Papers of George Washington

Fred W. Smith National Library

Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Jennifer Stertzer, Erica Cavanaugh, and Adrina Garbooshian-Huggins from the Financial Papers of George Washington Project at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Fred W. Smith National Library

Mount Vernon welcomes author Erica Armstrong Dunbar to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall to discuss her book Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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Bonus Ford Evening Book Talk: John Avlon

Ford Orientation Center

Mount Vernon welcomes author John Avlon to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss his book Washington's Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Kathleen DuVal

Ford Orientation Center

Mount Vernon welcomes author Kathleen DuVal to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss her book Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

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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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Ford Evening Book Talk: John Sedgwick

Ford Orientation Center

Mount Vernon welcomes author John Sedgwick to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater 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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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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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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Lunch and Fellowship with David Hildebrand

Fred W. Smith National 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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Ford Evening Book Talk: Lorri Glover

Fred W. Smith National 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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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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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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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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2nd Annual VACLE Constitutional Institute

Fred W. Smith National 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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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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George Washington, Nationalist: A Conversation with Edward J. Larson

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Join us for an engaging evening of conversation as Dr. Edward J. Larson discusses his new book George Washington, Nationalist on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Mary Sarah Bilder

Ford Orientation Center

Mount Vernon welcomes author Mary Sarah Bilder to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss her book Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention on Thursday, September 15th, 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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Ford Evening Book Talk: Warren Bingham

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Warren Bingham to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book George Washington's 1791 Southern Tour on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016. 

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Lunch and Fellowship with Erin Holmes

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of the 2015-16 class of fellows as she discusses her research and findings at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. 

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Lunch and Fellowship with David Head

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2015-2016 class of fellows as he presents his findings and research at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Thomas Agostini

Fred W. Smith National Library

Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2015-2016 class of fellows as he presents his findings and research at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Patrick K. O'Donnell

Mount Vernon welcomes author Patrick K. O'Donnell to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution on July 5, 2016. 

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SOLD OUT - Lunch and Fellowship with Phil Levy

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2015-2016 class of fellows as he presents his findings and research at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Fergus Bordewich

Mount Vernon welcomes author Fergus M. Bordewich to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government on June 9, 2016.

 

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The 2016 Mount Vernon Art and Architecture Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

The 2016 Mount Vernon Art and Architecture Symposium draws together leading curators, historians, art historians, and preservationists as they reconsider iconic images and landmark structures of early America. Retrace the steps of artists whose unforgettable images of the Revolution and its heroes still shape American identity. Revisit long-lost interiors that gave physical form to the ideals and aspirations of the new Republic, from Baltimore garden rooms, to Boston parlors, to Mount Vernon’s piazza.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Nathaniel Philbrick

Mount Vernon welcomes author Nathaniel Philbrick to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution on May 10, 2016. 

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Michelle Smith Lecture Series: Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf

Mount Vernon welcomes authors and historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss their new book "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:" Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, on Thursday May 5, 201

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Adrienne M. Harrison

Fred W. Smith National Library

Mount Vernon welcomes author and historian Adrienne M. Harrison to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall at The Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss her new book A Powerful Mind: The Self Education of George Washington on May 3, 2016

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Supreme Court Lecture Series

The Supreme Court Historical Society and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon have joined together to present two lectures, one at the Supreme Court and the other at Mount Vernon, which will examine George Washington’s essential role in shaping the judicial branch of our nation’s government.

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Tea and Fellowship with the Poet Laureate of Virginia

Fred W. Smith National Library

April is National Poetry Month, and to help celebrate this important literary occasion, the Washington Library invites you to an afternoon of Tea and Fellowship with Ron Smith, the Poet Laureate of Virginia.

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Supreme Court Lecture Series

The Supreme Court Historical Society and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon have joined together to present two lectures, one at the Supreme Court and the other at Mount Vernon, which will examine George Washington’s essential role in shaping the judicial branch of our nation’s government.

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Supreme Court Lecture Series

The Supreme Court Historical Society and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon have joined together to present two lectures, one at the Supreme Court and the other at Mount Vernon, which will examine George Washington’s essential role in shaping the judicial branch of our nation’s government.

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Michelle Smith Lecture Series: Cokie Roberts

Mount Vernon welcomes author and historian Cokie Roberts to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her new book Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, on Thursday April 7, 2016.

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#GWAprilFools Day Tweetup

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Lunch and Fellowship with Lindsay M. Chervinsky

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Turk McCleskey

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The Sulgrave Symposium

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Francis D. Cogliano

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Ford Evening Book Talk: CACI Chairman Dr. J. Phillip (Jack) London

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