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



Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: Sandra Moats

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Sandra Moats’ new book, Navigating Neutrality: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic, describes how George Washington and his cabinet formulated policies to enforce neutrality across all three branches of the government and around the globe. This neutrality helped to build a U.S. government capable of supporting its global aspirations.

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Craig S. Chapman

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Craig S. Chapman’s new book, Disaster on the Spanish Main: The Tragic British-American Expedition to the West Indies During the War of Jenkins' Ear, provides a beginning to end account of the ill-fated British expedition to conquer the West Indies in 1740-42. The campaign included George Washington's much beloved older brother Lawrence, who served under the famed Admiral Edward Vernon, for whom he later named the family estate in Virginia.

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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The 2022 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

The 2022 Mount Vernon Symposium will take place on June 3-5

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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