MOUNT VERNON, VA - As our nation approaches its next presidential election, our symposium focuses on several pivotal contests throughout American history that shaped and defined the election process and the American Presidency.

Each day at noon during the week of October 26-30, we will invite an eminent scholar to join us in a conversation to explore elections during Washington's lifetime and key elections that followed, including those from the Civil War era, the depths of the Great Depression, and the volatile mid-twentieth century. 

Events are virtual and open to the public. Recordings will also be available for playback on Mount Vernon's YouTube channel. For more information on the sessions and how to tune in, visit

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