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Historic Mount Vernon’s Education Department Wins Prestigious Pinnacle Award

Tue, 08/25/2009

For Immediate Release                                                       
August 25, 2009                                                                     

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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Historic Mount Vernon’s Education Department Wins Prestigious Pinnacle Award

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Teachers across the country have chosen Mount Vernon as the recipient of the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration’s (CILC) “Pinnacle Award” for the 2008-2009 school year.  The award, given annually to 20 sites, honors organizations that provide an outstanding performance as a content provider. Mount Vernon’s educational videoconferencing programs provided to schools won praise from teachers who evaluate programs through the CILC website,, and ultimately determine the winners of the Pinnacle Award.

Historic Mount Vernon’s education department hosted 15 videoconferencing programs throughout the school year including special educational "Face-to-Face" programs that allow students to speak to performers portraying the people who lived with our nation's first president.  Each "Face-to-Face" program allows students a unique insight into the world of George Washington as he is viewed through the eyes of his family, friends, fellow revolutionaries, and slaves. Please visit or for more information.

"We are thrilled that ‘Face-to-Face’ has received this recognition in its very first year,' said Ann Bay, director of education for Historic Mount Vernon. "Mount Vernon is delighted that so many children have enjoyed becoming personally acquainted with George Washington through the eyes of the people who knew him best."

Mount Vernon’s distance learning initiatives take place in the new state-of-the-art Distance Learning Classroom, which is housed in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center at Mount Vernon.  In partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, the distance learning programs are broadcasted to pre-registered schools, school districts, and public education television stations across the country. More than 20 million teachers and students have viewed these programs, with topics ranging from slavery to Washington’s agricultural pursuits. For more information about The Fairfax Network, please visit


Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

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Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.

Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.