Be Washington in The Battle of Second Trenton

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Be Washington in The Battle of Second Trenton

By - Joseph Stoltz, Digital Historian The Be Washington interactive experience teaches players how George Washington made important decisions. As we designed the scenarios, we struggled representing the wide variety of advice he received. Players don’t just hear from people Washington knew; some of his “advisers” are people who wrote books he read…


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Lessons in Leadership

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lessons in Leadership

by Chidinma Nnoromele The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program (MVLF) is a six-week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president. The program brings together passionate and cause-driven college students to learn from and be inspired by the rich history…


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Lives Bound Together: Telling George Smith’s Story

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lives Bound Together: Telling George Smith’s Story

by Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator The special exhibition Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon opened to the public on October 1, 2016. But visitors might not realize that there is always something new to see: because paper is very light-sensitive, curatorial staff change the documents on display twice a year. In September…


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Seasonal Changes in Mount Vernon's Mansion

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Seasonal Changes in Mount Vernon's Mansion

Walking through the Mansion feels like a snapshot into the daily life of the Washingtons. Mount Vernon's Collections team changes the setup in each room seasonally to recreate the way Mount Vernon's guests would have seen it in the 1790s. Earlier this month, the staff again changed the scenarios in the dining room, butler's pantry, kitchen, and slave…


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The Widow Custis' Inheritance in the Blue Room

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Among the mid-century (18th century that is) style furnishings that will make their appearance in the Blue Room is a mahogany bureau dressing table, a Richmond-made reproduction of a Williamsburg-made original that once seamlessly translated British style to the colonies. The original dressing table for the Blue Room has not been identified, but…


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