Summer Changes in the Mansion

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Changes in the Mansion

To celebrate the start of summer, the collections staff made some changes to the Mansion. The scenarios in the New Room, Dining Room, Washington Bedchamber, Butler’s Pantry, Kitchen, and Greenhouse Slave Quarters reveal this seasonal change. New Room A striking addition to the New Room remains “Nelly’s New Harpsichord.” This replica of the original…


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A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington

by Kim Greer My experiences with Mount Vernon as a teaching resource began in 2005 when I first led a group of middle school students on an educational trip to Washington D.C. We visited Washington’s home and were fascinated by life there. I continue to visit Mount Vernon every other year with students, but as their online resources have grown, so…


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Be Washington Wins Award of Outstanding Achievement

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Be Washington Wins Award of Outstanding Achievement

Mount Vernon’s interactive theater, Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead, has been awarded the Thea Award of Outstanding Achievement in the museum experience, limited budget category from the Themed Entertainment Association. This award acknowledges excellence for the creation of compelling educational, historical and entertainment projects and reinforces…


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George Washington's Front Parlor Opening

Monday, February 18, 2019

George Washington's Front Parlor Opening

George and Martha Washington's front parlor is now opened to the public after a multi-year restoration. Visitors can see the newly restored and refurnished room on their Mansion tour. The entertainment space features a new paint color and striking upholstery dyed "Saxon blue". While none of the original pieces survives, the curatorial team worked to…


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Hair as Historic Artifact

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hair as Historic Artifact

In Mount Vernon’s collection, more than 50 examples of George Washington’s hair are preserved inside frames, paper, and jewelry. Some pieces of jewelry containing Washington’s hair were made before or immediately after his death, most were made in later periods. Public displays of hair from friends or loved ones peaked in the 19th century, but had long…


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Bringing George Washington into the Classroom

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

by Zerah Jakub, Manager of Education Communication and Outreach One of the focuses of the Mount Vernon Education Department is finding ways to bring George Washington into classrooms around the country. We do this by providing teachers with professional development training opportunities, with classroom resources, and through our digital presence.…


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