This year’s exciting program will explore why civic education was so important to America's Founding generation and what we are learning in the twenty-first century about how we should prepare students for a lifetime of citizenship.
The Founding Debates are sponsored by The Ammerman Family Foundation, Dr. Denis Franks and Joy Ammerman Franks, Michael and Stephanie Franks to honor former Mount Vernon President and CEO James C. Rees, whose vision lives on with the Washington Library.
Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2020-21 class of research fellows as he discusses his research topic, George Washington: Portrait of the First American Male.A boxed lunch will be provided.
The annual George Washington Leadership Lecture explores the Father of our Country's lifelong accomplishments, providing a better understanding of him as a person, as well as his remarkable leadership, professional achievements, and lasting legacy.
This year's event will feature NASA’s Chief Scientist, Dr. James Green, in a discussion that will parallel George Washington’s age of exploration and discovery with our own time.
Mount Vernon welcomes author Carolyn Eastman to the Smith Auditorium to discuss her new book The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States' First Forgotten Celebrity on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
Join us for an enlightening look at the personal interests and exploits of George Washington prior to the American Revolution. We will also examine the broader world of the British Empire in North America in the mid-eighteenth century.
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Hear from Mount Vernon staff and leading historians
Join us for a special evening honoring renowned scholar Dr. Gordon S. Wood. Mount Vernon's President and CEO, Dr. Douglas Brandburn, will lead a robust conversation focused on Wood's remarkable career and transformational scholarship. They will also discuss Dr. Wood's new book, Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution.
The in-person event includes a reception and book signing with the author. You can also attend virtually and receive a signed copy of the book by mail.
An Evening with Gordon Wood is sponsored by a generous gift from Kay and Clark Musser.
Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Charles S. Clark, a member of our 2020-21 class of research fellows, as he discusses his research topic and new book, George Washington Parke Custis: A Rarefied Life in America's First Family.A boxed lunch will be provided.
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.