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

Upcoming Events

At the Threshold of Liberty: A Conversation with Tamika Nunley

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with Dr. Tamika Y. Nunley where we will discuss her book, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C.


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John Marshall: The Final Founder

Join the Washington Library, the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics, and Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House for a virtual talk with Robert Strauss about his new book, John Marshall: The Final Founder

Special Guests Kevin C. Walsh, President of the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics and Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Director of Museum Operations and Education at Preservation Virginia will also join the conversation to discuss how their organizations are working to preserve the legacy of John Marshall. 

This event is co-sponsored by the John Marshall Center for Constitutional History & Civics and Preservation Virginia's John Marshall House.


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Ford Evening Book Talk: David Head

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

They will discuss Head's new book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution, which was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Prize.


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The 2021 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

During this series of online presentations, learn about early American presidents and leadership from a cadre of outstanding authors. 

Ticket buyers receive an autographed copy of each book. The lectures will be aired online.

This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith. 

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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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