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

Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: Nathan Raab

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Nathan Raab in conversation with the Washington Library's Executive Director Kevin Butterfield. 

They will discuss Raab's new book, The Hunt for History.

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2020 George Washington Symposium

As our nation approaches its next presidential election, the 2020 George Washington Symposium will focus on several pivotal contests throughout American history, those that truly shaped and defined the election process and the American Presidency. This year’s event will be delivered virtually and at no charge. Each day at noon during the week of October 26-30, we will invite an eminent scholar to join us in a conversation to explore elections during Washington’s lifetime and key elections that followed, including those from the Civil War era, the depths of the Great Depression, and the volatile mid-twentieth century. With this free and virtual event, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the nation's leading historians about how Americans have elected their presidents from Washington's time to our own.

The George Washington Symposium is supported by a generous endowment established by the Barra Foundation.

Additional support for this special digital presentation is provided by the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri.

The links to each livestream will be provided below, prior to the event.

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The 2020 USC George Washington Leadership Lecture

Join the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington for the annual George Washington Leadership Lecture on Monday, October 26, 2020, Electing a U.S. President - Then and Now.

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The 2021 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

The 2021 Mount Vernon Symposium will take place on June 4-6

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. 

The Mount Vernon Symposium is endowed by the generous support of The Robert H. Smith Family Foundation and Lucy S. Rhame.

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