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



Upcoming Events

The 2018 George Washington Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the 2018 Mount Vernon Distinguished Lecturer of American History Mary Sarah Bilder. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Individual event tickets are also available. 

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2018 Founding Debates

Ford Orientation Center

What it Means to be an American: History, Memory, and Identity

Americanness has been debated since the nation’s founding. Two panels of esteemed historians and journalists will join the Washington Library on its five-year anniversary for a debate about what it meant—and what it means—to be an American.

The Founding Debates are sponsored by The Ammerman Family Foundation to honor James C. Rees, whose vision lives on with the Washington Library.

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The 2018 George Washington Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the 2018 Mount Vernon Distinguished Lecturer of American History Mary Sarah Bilder. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Individual event tickets are also available. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Peter Stark

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Peter Stark to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father on Thursday, October 25, 2018. 

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The 2018 George Washington Symposium

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

“A Sensible Woman Can Never be Happy with a Fool”:
The Women of George Washington’s World


"When the fire is beginning to kindle, and your heart growing warm, propound these questions to it… Is he a man of good character? A man of sense? for be assured a sensible woman can never be happy with a fool."

Thus wrote George Washington in a heartfelt 1796 letter to his step-granddaughter Eleanor (Nelly) Parke Custis on the subjects of love and marriage. Although the Father of Our Country was a leader among leaders in a male-dominated world, we know that he enjoyed a number of complex and meaningful relationships with women from all stations of the socially-stratified eighteenth century. Join leading historians and academics for an enlightening look at a wide variety of women from the General’s personal orbit, including his often misunderstood mother, an admiring poet, social confidants, a traitor to the Revolution, and a defiant runaway slave. We will also examine the memory of Washington through the legacies of his adoring step-granddaughters and the Southern Matron who led the charge in the 1850s to rescue his home and final resting place.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Richard Brookhiser

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Richard Brookhiser to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

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The 2018 George Washington Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the 2018 Mount Vernon Distinguished Lecturer of American History Mary Sarah Bilder. This series is designed to provide a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, a particular subject related to George Washington. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Individual event tickets are also available. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Robert P. Watson

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Robert P. Watson to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Friday, October 26, 2018.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Patrick Spero

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Patrick Spero to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Catherine Kerrison

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Catherine Kerrison to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Friday, December 7, 2018. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Eric Lomazoff

Mount Vernon welcomes author Eric Lomazoff to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy: Politics and Law in the Early American Republic on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

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