Pursuing Mount Vernon’s mission of preserving George Washington’s iconic home is supported by enthusiasts who are dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, and conservation of Mount Vernon’s rich and diverse collections. Central to this effort are the members of The Connoisseur Society. 

Education, both in-person and online, is also at the forefront of Mount Vernon’s mission as we strive to inform and inspire future generations with George Washington’s examples of character and leadership.

During our extended closure, we provided 96 live streams that reached over 646,000 people. Please enjoy this selection of some of our favorite collections-related presentations.

2022 Meeting

2021 Meeting

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Peters Family Collection

Yellow Bedchamber

Connoisseur Society Videos

Yellow Room Bed and Wallpaper Preview

Mount Vernon’s reproduction of the most expensive bed George Washington ever purchased is now complete. See this exciting new bed unveiled.

Associate Curator Amanda Isaac discuss the history and context of this remarkable bed, and Natalie Larson of Historic Textiles, Inc., will describe the process of recreating it.

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Intimate Objects: Portrait Miniatures Owned by the Washington Family

Join Mount Vernon's chief curator, Adam Erby, as he shows off intimate objects owned by the Washington family, portrait miniatures.

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Pursuit of History: A Lifetime of Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts

Richard Dietrich and Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer discuss the Dietrich American Foundation's new book, In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts during this digital Ford Evening Book Talk.

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Setting the Taste of the Nation: George and Martha Washington in Philadelphia

History Happy Hour is a weekly virtual program hosted by the White House Historical Association. Experts weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share their insights, answer audience questions, and enjoy presidential-inspired libations.

This is a clip of the fourth installment of History Happy Hour - the Rushmore Series. Adam Erby, Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts at Mount Vernon led a presentation exploring the furniture, tablewares, and clothing the Washingtons purchased and used as the first President and First Lady of the United States in New York and Philadelphia using objects in the collection of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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The Women Who Saved Mount Vernon: The Early Years

In this Pamela and David B. Ford Lecture hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport County, entitled "The Women Who Saved Mount Vernon: The Early Years," Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer tells the remarkable story of how George Washington's legendary estate was rescued by a dedicated and diverse group of women who forged the first grassroots preservation movement in the United States.

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