The Library frequently hosts a variety of dynamic events, welcoming established scholars, leaders, and experts from numerous fields.



Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: How the Best Did It, Leadership Lessons from Our Top Presidents

George Washington Presidential Library

Hear from historian Talmage Boston, author of How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons from our Top Presidents. 

Talmage Boston's new book is an accessible and insightful explanation of how the most important leadership traits from America’s eight greatest presidents can be implemented by today’s leaders. It is a discerning examination of what can be learned from some of our most effective leaders who have held—and wielded—ultimate power at the highest level.

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The 2024 Mount Vernon Symposium

George Washington Presidential Library

In 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution, George Washington began a major expansion of his home, a building whose foundations dated to the 1730s. It was a project that he maintained throughout the war and that he continued after his triumphant return to Mount Vernon.

Inspired by the work that began 250 years ago, the 2024 Mount Vernon Symposium will explore the art and architecture of the British Atlantic in the long-eighteenth century, while surveying the connections between and comparisons of British and American practices in the years preceding and surrounding the American Revolution.

Join leading curators, historians and preservation experts as they examine the diffusion of British style and tastes, from Boston to Charleston, and from England and Ireland, to the Caribbean and the Chesapeake. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Revolutionary Things

George Washington Presidential Library

Hear from University of Miami professor Ashli White, author of Revolutionary Things: Material Culture and Politics in the Late Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. 

Dr. White's new book examines how objects associated with the American, French, and Haitian revolutions drew diverse people throughout the Atlantic world into debates over revolutionary ideals. She explores the power of material things and visual images to express the fervor and fear of the revolutionary era.

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Brown Bag Lunch: The Montrésor Map of 1766/1775

George Washington Presidential Library

Bring your lunch and learn more about George Washington's world, the Washington Presidential Library’s important map collection, and the American Revolutionary Geographies Online (ARGO) web portal in our ARGO Brown Bag lunch series.

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Lunch at the Library: Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future

George Washington Presidential Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with authors Lori Ann LaRocco and Abby Wallace, who will discuss their new book, Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future: Four Families Descended from Slaves Reflect on Stories of Strength, Love, and Gratitude. 

This event is part of the Washington Library's new Lunch at the Library series. A boxed lunch (including sandwich or salad, fruit, pasta, cookie, chips, and drink) will be provided.

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2024 Annual Martha Washington Lecture

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

As the wife of the nation's first president, Martha Washington truly defined the new role of First Lady of the United States. Hear how she and other First Ladies influenced American society, policy, diplomacy, and life, and how many of them broke barriers to make a mark on our country and, at times, the world. 

This event features Diana B. Carlin, Anita B. McBride, and Nancy Kegan Smith, authors of the new book, Remember the First Ladies: The Legacies of America’s History-Making Women. 

Following the lecture, guests will enjoy a reception that includes wine and beer, and a book signing.

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Brown Bag Lunch featuring Library Fellow Lucy Smith

George Washington Presidential Library

Bring your lunch and learn about Library Fellow Lucy Smith's research project, The Atlantic Bite: Circulation, Economy, and the Meaning of Teeth in George Washington’s World.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Richard Brookhiser on John Trumbull

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Hear from popular historian Richard Brookhiser, author of Glorious Lessons: John Trumbull Painter of the American Revolution. 

Brookhiser examines the complicated life and legacy of John Trumbull, whose paintings portrayed both the struggle and the principles that distinguished America’s founding moment.

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The Origins of the Revolution: 250th Anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves

George Washington Presidential Library

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Fairfax Resolves, a central document in the coming of the American Revolution co-authored by George Mason and George Washington, join emerging and leading historians for a two-day conference which will examine the origins and causes of the War for American Independence. 

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Lunch at the Library: 100 Years of Mottahedeh Design

George Washington Presidential Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Mottahedeh President Wendy Kvalheim, who will discuss her new book, Splendid Settings: 100 Years of Mottahedeh Design. This beautiful new publication is for china and porcelain collectors everywhere, and includes tips on entertaining and many beautiful illustrations.

This event is part of the Washington Library's new Lunch at the Library series. A boxed lunch (including sandwich or salad, fruit, pasta, cookie, chips, and drink) will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Democracy in Darkness

George Washington Presidential Library

Hear from University of Notre Dame professor Katlyn Carter, author of Democracy in Darkness: Secrecy and Transparency in the Age of Revolutions. 

Dr. Carter examines how debates over secrecy and transparency in politics during the eighteenth century shaped modern democracy. This new book reshapes our understanding of how government by and for the people emerged during the Age of Revolutions.

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Lunch at the Library: Profiles in Character

George Washington Presidential Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with author Jennifer London, who will discuss her new book, Profiles in Character: Sixteen Americans and the Traits that Defined Them. This fascinating new publication delves into individual character attributes that shaped and informed these important Americans in their vital roles in history.

This event is part of the Washington Library's new Lunch at the Library series. A boxed lunch (including sandwich or salad, fruit, pasta, cookie, chips, and drink) will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: The Memory of '76

George Washington Presidential Library

Hear from historian Michael D. Hattem, author of The Memory of '76: The Revolution in American History. 

In this new book, Dr. Hattem examines the surprising history of how Americans have fought over the meaning and legacy of the Revolution for nearly two and a half centuries.

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Supreme Court Lecture Series: Making the Presidency

The Supreme Court Historical Society and the Washington Presidential Library are joining together to present two lectures focused on George Washington, the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the nation's founding.

This segment, taking place at Mount Vernon, features an authoritative account of the second president of the United States that shows how John Adams's leadership and legacy defined the office for those who followed and ensured the survival of the American republic.

A book signing and reception with complimentary beer, wine, and hors-d'oeuvres will take place after the lecture. 

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