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Monday, October 19 at 4pm ET: Meet Elizabeth Powel

Philadelphia high society hosts Elizabeth and Samuel Powel welcomed numerous prominent individuals of the Founding Era into their home -- considered the epicenter of political discussion and entertainment. George Washington was a frequent guest, seeking political insight and intellectual conversation with Elizabeth, whom he considered one of his closest friends.

Join Washington Library Reference Librarian Samantha Snyder and Kayla Anthony, Executive Director of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (PhilaLandmarks) for a discussion on the intimate friendship between the Powels and the Washingtons, as well as the longstanding institutional connection between the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and PhilaLandmarks.

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Monday, November 2 at 7pm ET: Presidential Leadership of George Washington

As the nation chooses our next president, join us as we explore the lasting legacy of our first. Dr Joseph Stoltz, Director of Mount Vernon’s George Washington Leadership Institute, discusses the presidency of George Washington and how Mount Vernon advises today’s national leaders on Washington’s leadership ethos. Communication, collaboration, and compromise were hallmarks of the Washington administration, and still hold a foundational place in any modern leader’s toolkit.

A special George Washington Leadership Institute Program just for members!

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Monday, November 23 at 7pm ET: 18th Century Feasts with Chef Justin Cherry

The 18th century brought an insurgency of culture to the Virginia table. Feasting was quite common to the upperclass with a variety of foodstuffs and drink. By the end of the American Revolution, there is a definable decline of British influence as well as the unreliability of the young country's own resources to trade. The importance of preserving, seasonality, and how to put food on the table is a fascinating story -- maybe more so than whose table the food sat upon. Chef Justin Cherry will join Steve Bashore in conversation to provide a fascinating look at how early Americans celebrated around the table.

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Monday, October 5 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Douglas Brinkley

Celebrated presidential historian Douglas Brinkley joins Doug Bradburn to discuss the various individuals who have held the highest office in the land.

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Tuesday, September 22 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Chef Patrick O'Connell

Join us for an exclusive interview with Michelin three-star chef Patrick O’Connell, founder of the Inn at Little Washington. He talks with Doug Bradburn about his efforts preserving a small town’s architectural history over the last 42 years, one building at a time, in “Little” Washington, Virginia -- a place where as a young surveyor George Washington first named the streets back in 1749.

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Monday, September 14 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Jeffrey Rosen

National Constitution Center President & CEO joins Washington Library Executive Director Kevin Butterfield in advance of Constitution Day. They will reflect on the world-altering significance of the document's creation in 1787, as well as the National Constitution Center's ongoing efforts to educate the public today.

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Monday, August 31 at 4pm ET: Secrets of The Collection

Join Mount Vernon curator Adam Erby as he takes a deep dive into our collection -- sometimes sharing rarely seen treasures. This month he shows off Intimate Objects: Portrait Miniatures Owned by the Washington Family.

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Monday, August 3 at 4pm ET: Trees of Mount Vernon with Dean Norton

Join Mount Vernon's Director of Horticulture Dean Norton as he takes you on a tour of the trees of Mount Vernon.

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Monday, July 20 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Joanne Freeman

Joanne Freeman, a Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University and co-host of the popular podcast Back Story, specializes in early American politics and political culture. A leading expert on Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda used her first two books - Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic and Alexander Hamilton: Writings — while writing his Broadway show Hamilton.

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Monday, July 13 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Ron Chernow

Prize winning journalist, historian, and biographer Ron Chernow is the author of "Alexander Hamilton" -- the inspiration behind the hit musical. He is also the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and American History Book Prize for "Washington: A Life." Chernow will share stories of his role in creating the "Hamilton" cultural phenomenon as well as other significant projects he's had a hand in.

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Monday, July 6 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Christopher Jackson

We welcome star of stage and screen Christopher Jackson, who will talk about what it was like originating the role of George Washington as part of one of the biggest pop culture phenomenons in history -- the Broadway cast of Hamilton.

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Thursday, July 2 at 4pm ET: Yellow Bed Revealed!

Mount Vernon’s reproduction of the most expensive bed George Washington ever purchased is now complete! Be among the first to see the bed unveiled. Associate Curator Amanda Isaac will discuss the history and context of this remarkable bed, and Natalie Larson of Historic Textiles, Inc., will describe the process of recreating it.


Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm ET: David Rubenstein Interviews General George Washington

The Carlyle Group co-founder and co-executive chairman, patriotic philanthropist, and friend of Mount Vernon David Rubenstein speaks with General George Washington in an exclusive interview.


Monday, June 29 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed

Pulitzer prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed will talk with Doug about the recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality, race, and the founding of the US and the Declaration of Independence.


Monday, June 22 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick

Conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick

Conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick

National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick will join Doug in conversation to discuss some of the accounts detailed in his bestselling books from The American Revolution Series.


Monday, June 15 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Ian Kahn

Join us for a taste of Hollywood! Actor Ian Kahn will talk about what it was like to step into the boots of General George Washington on AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies.


Monday, June 8 at 7 pm ET: Conversation with Richard Brookhiser

On Monday, May 11 at 7 pm ET, journalist & author Richard Brookhiser will speak with Mount Vernon President & CEO Doug Bradburn and take your questions.


Monday, June 1 at 4pm ET: Upper Garden Tour with Dean Norton

Join Horticulture Director Dean Norton in the first of his exclusive series for members, as he explores this beautiful garden during the height of its seasonal splendor and explains its design and the mixing of pleasure with necessity.


Monday, May 25 at 4pm ET: Conversation with Rick Atkinson

Memorial Day we welcomed bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rick Atkinson in conversation with Doug Bradburn as they discussed America at war.


Monday, May 18 at 4pm ET: Virtual Tea Party

Sip tea as Martha shares memories of her and the General’s life as a young married couple, during the Revolutionary War and Presidency, and at their beloved Mount Vernon.


Monday, May 11 at 7pm ET: Conversation with Joseph Ellis

On Monday, May 11 at 7 pm ET, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Joseph Ellis spoke with Mount Vernon President & CEO Doug Bradburn and took member questions.


Monday, May 4 at 4pm ET: Q&A with Doug Bradburn

President & CEO Doug Bradburn shares an update on what is happening at the estate during the closure and answered your questions. 

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