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



Upcoming Events

Supreme Court Lecture Series: Justice Neil Gorsuch

Ford Orientation Center - Smith Theater

The Supreme Court Historical Society and The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon have joined together to present this exciting lecture by Justice Neil Gorsuch, who will discuss his new book.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Joanne B. Freeman

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Joanne B. Freeman to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War on Thursday, October 3, 2019. 

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The 2019 Founding Debates

Ford Orientation Center - Smith Theater

The 2019 Founding Debates, made possible by the Ammerman Family Foundation, presents General Jim Mattis, in conversation with Mount Vernon President and CEO Doug Bradburn, discussing his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Call Sign Chaos

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Floral Design Presentation with Laura Dowling

Fred W. Smith National Library

Get an insider’s look into the sophisticated floral stylings of a White House Chief Floral Designer. Join Laura as she shares her White House experiences, tips and techniques. Learn how she gleans inspiration for her trademark casually elegant, nature-inspired floral creations, and discover new trends and ideas for creating seasonal decorations and strategies for festive entertaining at home. Lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn is included. 

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Lunch and Fellowship with Patrick O'Donnell

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2019-20 class of research fellows as he discusses his research topic The Indispensables: A Band of Brothers and their Crucial Role Fighting the RevolutionA boxed lunch will be provided.

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The 2019 George Washington Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

Early Virginia was a complex place where English, Native, and African cultures merged, and often clashed, for the first time. This year, 2019, marks the four hundredth anniversary of two important events in the history of both Virginia and the United States: the meeting of the General Assembly, the first representative governing body in America, and the arrival of the first African slaves in mainland English America. Join leading historians and academics for an enlightening look at the cultures, demographics, economics, and social forces which drove the founding and earliest days of the Old Dominion. Speakers will examine a wide variety of topics, including the emergence of the plantation system, slavery, religion, Native cultures, the first women to arrive in the colony, and the earliest generations of the Washington family.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: John McCurdy

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author John McCurdy to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution on Thursday, November 7, 2019. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: David M. Rubenstein

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author David M. Rubenstein to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians on Sunday, November 10, 2019. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: D.A.B. Ronald

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author D.A.B. Ronald to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The Life of John André: The Redcoat Who Turned Benedict Arnold on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

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