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Tuesday, August 3 at 12pm ET

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, August 9 - Friday, August 13: Transatlantic Slavery Symposium

This symposium aims to bring together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to address the lasting impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through panel discussions on themes ranging from its historical foundations and development in the Revolutionary Atlantic world to the current best practices in the museums and heritage sector.

  • Transatlantic Abolition and Law: Monday, August 9, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. BST
  • Constitutions and Slavery: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. BST
  • Capitalism and Slavery: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. BST
  • Keynote Public Programming and Interpreting Slavery in the Founding Era: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. BST
  • Historic Sites Interpreting Slavery: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. BST
  • Public Memory and Oral History: Friday, August 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. BST

The Transatlantic Slavery Symposium is a joint venture between the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Tuesday, August 19 at 7 pm ET: Christopher Pearl

Mount Vernon welcomes author Christopher Pearl to the Smith Auditorium to discuss his new book Conceived in Crisis: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

Tuesday, September 7 at 12 pm ET: Julie Flavell

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual Ford Evening Book Talk with Dr. Julie Flavell. We will discuss her new book The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America.

Friday, September 10 at 12pm ET

En Route to Victory! Washington's homecoming with his French alliés

Join Dr. Iris de Rode live from Paris as she reflects on the 240 anniversary of Washington’s only visit home to Mount Vernon during the entire Revolutionary War, when the American and French Armies joined forces and marched to Yorktown and -- ultimately -- victory. 

During his stopover at Mount Vernon, he invited the French General Rochambeau and his Major General Chastellux to join him. At their "princely dinner," the gentlemen discussed not only the last details of their Yorktown campaign, but also their belief in the promises of the American Revolution and the future of the French-American relations. 

Presented in partnership with the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association.

Tuesday, September 14 at 7 pm ET: Official Book Launch with Nathaniel Philbrick: Travels with George

Join us for an official book launch with award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick. He and the Washington Library's Executive Director, Kevin Butterfield will discuss Philbrick's new book, Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy.

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Wednesday, September 22 at 7 pm ET: 2021 Founding Debates: Civic Education in America: Origins, Aspirations, Challenges

This year’s exciting program will explore why civic education was so important to America's Founding generation and what we are learning in the twenty-first century about how we should prepare students for a lifetime of citizenship.

The Founding Debates are sponsored by The Ammerman Family Foundation to honor former Mount Vernon President and CEO James C. Rees, whose vision lives on with the Washington Library.

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Thursday, July 22 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with Dr. Katherine Carté to discuss her new book Religion and the American Revolution: An Imperial History.

Monday, July 19 at 12pm ET

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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Friday, July 16 at 12pm ET Restream Members Only Sneak Peek

To celebrate our special July Wine Festival this weekend, please enjoy a rebroadcast of this livestream exclusively for Mount Vernon Members from December 14, 2020. Doug Bradburn welcomed Washington Post President and CEO Fred Ryan as he discussed his book "Wine and the White House." 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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Thursday, July 15 at 7 pm ET

Mount Vernon welcomes author David O. Stewart to discuss his book George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

Sunday, July 4 at 2pm ET

If you can't visit Mount Vernon on July 4th this year, experience the celebration at the home of America's first president on delayed livestream. Events include watching "General George Washington" inspecting his troops, welcoming America's newest citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony on the East Lawn, and capping off the party with daytime fireworks!

Monday, June 28 at 4pm ET

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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Friday, June 25 at 12pm ET: Restream Members Only Sneak Peek

From April 2021: 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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Wednesday, June 23 at 7pm ET: Honoring Lady Washington, Character Interpretation at Historic Sites

This year, the Annual Martha Washington Lecture pays special tribute to the groundbreaking career of Mary Wiseman, who recently retired from her role officially portraying Martha Washington at Mount Vernon for the past 17 years.

She will be joined by public historians Beth Kelly of Colonial Williamsburg and Christy Coleman of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, who will discuss the broader field of character interpretation at historic sites and the many ways in which the popular discipline helps to educate the visiting public.

They will be led in conversation by Mount Vernon’s Director of Interpretation, Jeremy Ray.

This annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

Wednesday, June 16 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Lorri Glover in conversation with the Washington Library's Reference Librarian, Samantha Snyder.

They will discuss Glover's new book, Eliza Lucas Pinckney: An Independent Woman in the Age of Revolution.

Tuesday, June 15 at 7 pm ET

Please join our knowledgeable panel as they reflect on our Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington's Mount Vernon exhibition.

The conversation will include the process of curating the material and information, and the continuing research and efforts to elevate the stories on the enslaved population at Mount Vernon and beyond.

Featuring:

  • Mount Vernon’s Associate Curator and exhibition lead Jessie MacLeod
  • National Park Service Curator Kimberly Robinson
  • Descendant community representative from the Syphax Family Stephen Hammond

The livestream is moderated by Mount Vernon’s African American Interpretation Coordinator Brenda Parker.

Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with award-winning author Honorée Fanonne Jeffers where we will discuss her recent book, The Age of Phillis.

Tuesday, May 25 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with historian Peter Cozzens where we will discuss his latest book, Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation.

Wednesday, May 19 at 7 pm ET: Michelle Smith Lecture Series

During this series of online lectures, learn about early American presidents and their leadership. R.B. Bernstein will join us for the third lecture to discuss his new book The Education of John Adams.

This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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Monday, May 17 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Patrick O'Donnell to discuss his new book, The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Marines Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware.

Thursday, April 29 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Stephen H. Browne to discuss his new book, The First Inauguration: George Washington and the Invention of the Republic.

Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with Dr. Michael D. Hattem where we will discuss his book, Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution.

Tuesday, April 6 at 7 pm ET: Michelle Smith Lecture Series

During this series of online lectures, learn about early American presidents and their leadership. Thomas E. Ricks will join us for the second lecture to discuss his new book First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country.

This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30 pm ET

Are you inspired by the beckoning seed racks at your local garden center, but not quite sure how to turn your inspiration into plants you'll be proud of?  

Join Mount Vernon’s Greenhouse Manager, Melanie Welles Creamer, as she shares tips for successful seed starting both indoors and directly into your garden during this free livestream! 

Purchase our heirloom seeds or garden set to get started on your garden. 

Thursday, March 25 at noon ET

Join Judge Rohulamin Quander, a descendent of Mount Vernon's enslaved community, for a live discussion with Brenda Parker, Mount Vernon Character Interpreter & African American Interpretation & Special Projects Coordinator, on the Quander family history and their connections to Mount Vernon and beyond.

They will also discuss his new book, 'The Quanders Since 1684, an Enduring African American Legacy,' available for purchase now at https://quanderquality.com/

Tuesday, March 16 at 7 pm ET: Michelle Smith Lecture Series

During this series of online lectures, learn about early American presidents and their leadership. Lynne Cheney will join us for the first lecture to discuss her new book The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation.

This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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Monday, March 14 at 4:00 pm ET: Members-Only Livestream

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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Wednesday, March 10 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with David Head to discuss his new book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution.

Thursday, March 4 at 7 pm ET

Join the Washington Library, the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics, and Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House for a virtual talk with Robert Strauss about his new book, John Marshall: The Final Founder

Special Guests Kevin C. Walsh, President of the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics and Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Director of Museum Operations and Education at Preservation Virginia will discuss how their organizations are working to preserve the legacy of John Marshall.

Tuesday, March 2 at 7 pm ET

Dr. Tamika Y. Nunley will discuss her new book, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C. during this virtual book talk.

Monday, March 1 at 4pm ET: Members-Only Livestream

Every other week, we'll be hosting a special livestream just for our Mount Vernon members. On Monday, March 1, members can tune into this special behind-the-scenes livestream for a look at our recently acquired Peter's Collection of historic Washington objects with Mount Vernon's curator of fine & decorative arts, Adam Erby.

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, such as Martha Washington’s stunning gold pocket watch, presidential porcelain for the dinner table, delicate glassware, and more.

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Monday, February 22 at 7 pm ET: George Washington National Birthday Celebration

The Regent and the Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association invite you to attend our virtual birthday party to celebrate Washington's 289th birthday!

Proceeds from this event will support the restoration and preservation of George Washington's beloved home, Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is not a government-funded park or agency. We rely on the generosity of friends like you for contributions needed to save George Washington's historic estate.

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Monday, February 15 at 10 am ET: Presidential Wreath Laying Ceremony

Join us for our annual presidential wreath laying ceremony at Washington's tomb on Washington's Birthday Observed, colloquially known as Presidents' Day, on Monday, February 15 at 10:00 am ET. The ceremony will be closed to the public, and will only be available for viewing online.

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Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with Dr. Marcus P. Nevius where we will discuss his latest book, City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856.

Thursday, February 4 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Elena A. Peña in conversation with the Washington Library's Executive Director Kevin Butterfield. They will discuss Peña's new book, ¡Viva George! Celebrating Washington's Birthday at the US-Mexico Border.

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm: Leadership For A More Perfect Union: Evening Session

During the evening session of the one-day conference hosted by the Brookings Institution and Mount Vernon on leadership, Carlyle founder and patriotic philanthropist David Rubenstein will interview U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor followed by General Colin Powell.

Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 pm: Leadership For A More Perfect Union: Afternoon Session

Inspired by George Washington's selfless dedication to public service, the Brookings Institution and George Washington's Mount Vernon will host a special one-day conference as some of our nation's top government, business, and civic leaders explore how we can overcome today's great challenges.

Conversations during the afternoon session on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 pm ET with General John R. Allen, president of the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Douglas Bradburn, Mount Vernon President & CEO, will include:

  • Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD): The Importance of Bipartisan Leadership in Crisis and the Role of States in Meeting National Issues
  • Wilson Center President and former Congresswoman Jane Harman: Global Collaboration and America’s Leadership
  • Microsoft President Brad Smith: Public-Private Cooperation in Meeting the Challenges of Today’s World
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) George Washington’s Call for a Selfless, Non-partisan Approach to Governing -- Restoring Civility and Effectiveness in the Legislative Branch

Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with Dr. Donald F. Johnson where we will discuss his new book Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution.

Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm ET

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with historian Nathaniel C. Green in conversation with the Washington Library's Executive Director Kevin Butterfield.

They will discuss Green's new book, The Man of the People: Political Dissent and the Making of the American Presidency.

 

Thursday, January 14 at noon ET

Join William Holland for a live discussion with Brenda Parker, Mount Vernon Character Interpreter & African American Interpretation & Special Projects Coordinator, on the Holland family history and their connections to Mount Vernon.

Wednesday, January 6 at 4pm ET: Members-only Livestream

Every other week, we'll be hosting a special livestream just for our Mount Vernon members! On Wednesday, January 6, 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, January 5 at 12:00 pm ET

Join us for a livestream with Martha Washington as she gets ready to celebrate her wedding anniversary on Tuesday, January 5 at noon ET!

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