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



Upcoming Events

Past and Prologue: A Conversation with Michael Hattem

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with Dr. Michael D. Hattem where we will discuss his book, Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Stephen H. Browne

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Stephen H. Browne in conversation with the Washington Library's Executive Director, Kevin Butterfield. 

They will discuss Browne's new book, The First Inauguration: George Washington and the Invention of the Republic.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Patrick O'Donnell

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Patrick O'Donnell in conversation with the Washington Library's Executive Director, Kevin Butterfield. 

They will discuss O'Donnell's new book, The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Marines Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware.

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The 2021 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

During these live online interviews, hear about new books on early American presidents and ask questions of the authors during our audience Q&A.

You'll also receive an autographed book delivered to your home.

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

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Tecumseh and the Prophet: A Conversation with Peter Cozzens

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual book talk with historian Peter Cozzens where we will discuss his latest book, Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation.

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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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