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

Upcoming Events

Unearthing James Monroe’s Life

Join the Washington Library and James Monroe’s Highland for a virtual talk with Tim McGrath about his new book, James Monroe: A Life. Special Guest Dr. Sara Bon-Harper, Highland’s Executive Director, will also join us to discuss how recent archeological work is shedding new light on life at Highland. 

This event is co-sponsored by James Monroe's Highland


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Ford Evening Book Talk: Jean H. Baker

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with historian Jean H. Baker in conversation with Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, Mount Vernon's Executive Director for Historic Preservation and Collections, and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator. 

They will discuss Baker's new book, Building America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe.


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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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