Conversations at the Washington Library is a weekly podcast about early American history and the people who teach it.

More Than Putting Objects On Display: Curating Mount Vernon

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Adam Erby, Associate Curator at Mount Vernon, to discuss the his favorite items in the collection as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the process in interpreting the mansion.

Adam Erby is an Associate Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where he specializes in historic interiors, 18th-century furniture, and American art.  He is currently working on the restorations of Mount Vernon’s front parlor and central passage. Erby recently curated the special exhibition Gardens & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon and was the principal author of a book on the same subject.

Samantha Snyder is the Access Services Librarian at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. She is the co-author of “Warriors, Saints, and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin." Her next project is focusing on the life and legacy of Elizabeth Willing Powel, an elite Philadelphian and close friend of George Washington.

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