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Monday, July 19 at 12pm ET A Tour of Tourists: Famous Visitors to Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon has attracted visitors from all over the world for over two hundred years. Diplomats, presidents, celebrities, military leaders, and royalty are among the millions who come to Washington’s home to pay their respects and explore the Mansion and grounds. The archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association holds many letters, photographs, guest books, and other records documenting these important visits. Join the Washington Library’s Manager of Visual Resources Dawn Bonner and Archivist Rebecca Baird as they discuss the stories behind some of the estate’s famous sightseers and why Mount Vernon continues to allure people of all backgrounds and cultures.  

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Tuesday, August 3 at 12pm ET George Washington: Visionary Farmer, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Our first president, commanding general of the Continental Army, surveyor; these are the jobs we most associate with George Washington. For Washington, these were just that -- jobs. His passion, income, and vision for the new republic were tied to farming. We will look at the economics of the tobacco trade and address Washington’s switch to wheat, along with how he implemented creative approaches to agriculture. We’ll discuss inventions and innovations that helped make Mount Vernon profitable. And we’ve arranged a private virtual treading just for our members!

Join Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades, as we dig into Washington’s role as a visionary farmer, entrepreneur, and inventor.

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Monday, June 28 at 4pm ET: Washington's New York State of Mind

In 1776, American forces under George Washington were pushed out of New York City, which became British headquarters in North America. More defeats followed, but Continental forces battled back and eventually surrounded New York. Victories in the southern states and the American and French triumph at Yorktown sometimes obscure New York’s centrality to the Revolutionary story, but for much of the war, recapturing New York was the Americans’ primary objective.

Several documents in the Washington Library’s collection demonstrate this focus. Join Dr. Dana Stefanelli, the Washington Library’s Curator of Special Collections, as he describes the ways that the battle for New York consumed so much of Washington’s time and energy, and so many of the continent’s resources.

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Monday, May 24 at 4pm ET: Washington's First Failure Discussion with Joe Stoltz

By his death he was "First in War, First in Peace and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen," but what was George Washington's first failure and how did it shape the man he became? Join us for a Member Monday discussion with Dr. Joe Stoltz, Mount Vernon's Director of Leadership Programs. We will explore George Washington's early military career in the Great War for Empire, including Jumonville Glen and the Battle of Fort Necessity, and how those dramatic early events served as a chrysalis for the man who led the Continental Army to Victory in the American War of Independence two decades later.

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Monday, April 26 at 7pm Joint Program with the Museum of the American Revolution

George Washington’s sleeping and office tent is one of the most remarkable objects owned by the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. The tent served as Washington’s headquarters throughout much of the Revolutionary War, and in 2013, the Museum set out to create a working reproduction to better understand the General’s experience, collaborating with Mount Vernon and other institutions.

Join the Museum's Gallery Interpretation Manager Dr. Tyler Putman and Mount Vernon’s Curator of Fine and Decorative Art Adam T. Erby as they explore the original object and its recreation.  The program will feature many items from Mount Vernon’s collection and their comparable replicas, as well as a sneak peek at the Museum’s forthcoming digital interactive, the Virtual First Oval Office Project, sponsored by the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania. 

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Monday, March 15 at 4pm ET Rolling Down the River with Dean Norton

Mount Vernon famously provides breathtaking views of the Potomac River. But how did George Washington navigate the waters around his properties? Horticulture Director and boat owner Dean Norton goes in-depth with this members only stream on the Potomac.

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Monday, March 1 at 4pm ET: The Peter Family Collection: Washington Objects Come Home

Since its founding, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has worked to bring home original objects owned by George and Martha Washington to their own. In Fall 2020, the Association received the extraordinary opportunity to purchase more than 100 Washington-owned objects that remained in family hands—the single largest collection to return in modern times.

The collection includes highly personal objects that rarely survive and teach us about life at Mount Vernon such as Martha Washington’s stunning gold pocket watch, presidential porcelain for the dinner table, delicate glassware, and even the Washington’s coffee mill.

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Wednesday, January 6 at 4pm ET: Objects of the Washington's Unalterable Affection

Celebrate George and Martha Washington’s 262nd wedding anniversary as Associate Curator Amanda Isaac takes us back to the moment that united this remarkable duo. Join us for a close-up look at Mrs. Washington’s silver spangled wedding shoes, the yellow silk from her dress, and the precious jewelry and accessories that may have once served as tokens of their unalterable affection.

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Tuesday, December 15 at 12pm Noon ET Lunch & Fellowship -- Painting George Washington's Virginia: John Gadsby Chapman in the 1830s

Best known for his history painting The Baptism of Pocahontas for the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, John Gadsby Chapman was a key figure in the canonization of Washington-related images and sites in the early nineteenth century. His nine paintings of exquisitely detailed Washington-specific landscapes are an important missing link in the conscious creation of a distinctly American history and artistic tradition. Painted between 1832 and 1836, these picturesque images were also a key component of a larger research project for Chapman's painter, Knickerbocker author and Washington biographer James Kirke Paulding. Together, Chapman’s paintings and Paulding’s biography reveal that Americans used historic places to advocate for a significant and historically rooted national identity earlier and in a more sophisticated way than many historians have assumed.

Join Lydia Mattice Brandt, PhD Associate Professor, School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina and recipient of the Dr. William M. and Betty H. Busey Family Fellowship and Mount Vernon Curator Adam Erby as the take your on a journey of American art and the memory of George Washington.

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Monday, December 14 at 7pm ET: Wine and the White House

Join Washington Post Publisher and CEO Frederick J. Ryan on his new book "Wine and the White House" which illustrates how wine, carefully selected and served, has become much more than a pleasant drink to sip with meals: It plays an important role in White House hospitality, the nation's diplomacy, and America's history

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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, 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, 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, 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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