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



Upcoming Events

2022 Annual Martha Washington Lecture

Ford Orientation Center - Smith Theater

Hear about the groundbreaking new book The Papers of Martha Washington, a scholarly look at all of Martha Washington’s known correspondence that tells the story of the early U.S. from a female perspective.

Flora Fraser, author of the award-winning book The Washingtons, will be joined by Washington scholars to discuss the life of Martha Washington, women’s history, and the importance of this new volume.

Following the lecture, guests will enjoy a reception that includes wine and beer, a book signing with Flora Fraser, and the opportunity to view original letters from Martha Washington.

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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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Ford Evening Book Talk and Official Book Launch: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for the official book launch of Maurizio Valsania’s new book, First Among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity. This compelling work dispels the many common myths about the first U.S. president while revealing a full, complete portrait of George Washington as readers have rarely seen him before.

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: Feeding Washington's Army

Fred W. Smith National Library

Ricardo A. Herrera’s new book, Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778, examines the Continental Army’s leadership and performance through a major, but little-known, foraging operation undertaken during the Valley Forge winter of 1778.

This book moves far beyond oft-told tales of Valley Forge and digs deeply into its daily reality, revealing how close the Continental Army came to succumbing to starvation and how strong and resourceful its soldiers and leaders actually were.

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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