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Join the Virginia Council for Social Studies at George Washington's Mount Vernon for a primary source-based workshop.


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Washington Library at Mount Vernon

Spend the morning getting to know how Mount Vernon uses primary source artifacts and documents from George Washington's estate to enrich our understanding of the lives of our first president, his family, his enslaved persons, and the surrounding community at our nation's founding. We will tour the estate, visit the archeology lab, and have a dialogue with staff historians and local Virginia Council for Social Studies teacher members.

Please Note: The Virginia Council for Social Studies will waive the VCSS membership requirement for this workshop.



9:00am Registration 
9:30am Welcome and Overview
10:00am Tour of Estate, Tomb, and Slave Cemetery
11:00am Archaeology Department Visit
12:30pm Lunch Break (Bring your own)
1:00pm Pedagogy Sessions on Objects and Documents
3:00pm Conclusions and Evaluations