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



Upcoming Events

Digital Book Talks

The Washington Library's Digital Book Talk series features LIVE conversations with leading historians and scholars of early America. Please join us each week for fascinating discussions about the past and for your opportunity to ask our guests questions about their work.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Lindsay Chervinksy

Mount Vernon welcomes historian Lindsay Chervinksy to discuss her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution during this digital Ford Evening Book Talk.

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The Annual 2020 Martha Washington Lecture

Fred W. Smith National Library

This year, the Annual Martha Washington Lecture will focus on Mary Ball Washington, George Washington's mother. Historians Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, and Charlene Boyer Lewis will discuss their recent biographies of Mary Ball Washington and their research into 18th-century women in a conversation moderated by Karin Wulf.

This annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

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The 2020 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

The 2020 Mount Vernon Symposium has been rescheduled for June 4-6, 2021. Please contact Stephen McLeod at smcleod@mountvernon.org with questions or concerns.

Join leading gardeners, historians, horticulturists, archaeologists, and preservationists as they reconsider the importance of gardening, landscapes, and design in early America. Learn how Washington and his contemporaries shaped the natural world to achieve beauty through gardening, profited through agriculture, and conveyed civic values through landscape design—and how these historic methods remain relevant in today’s world. Revisit long-lost gardens, explore contemporary creations inspired by the past, and come face-to-face with the most authentic 18th-century plantation landscape in the United States. 

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