Once again, Mount Vernon is excited to support student learning and National History Day! For the 2022-2023 school year, National History Day has selected the theme: Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. From George and Martha Washington to the enslaved community, the history of Mount Vernon is full of people who used their voices and positions to create new frontiers. Dig deeper into the lives of these determined people by exploring both primary and secondary sources from Mount Vernon below. 

Primary Sources

The primary source objects, images, places, artifacts, documents, and biographies in our museum's collections provide lots of information about the public and private lives of free and enslaved people who lived at Mount Vernon during the 18th century. By studying sources like portraits, letters, living spaces, clothing, farm journals, recipes, and so much more, you can gain a deeper understanding of a person's thoughts, actions, and the world they lived in. Explore our digitized sources to help humanize historical figures, draw conclusions about the past, and make deeper connections to life today. 

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