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



Upcoming Events

Bonus Ford Evening Book Talk: Alexis Coe

Ford Orientation Center - Smith Theater

In this special addition to the Ford Evening Book Talk series, Mount Vernon welcomes popular author Alexis Coe to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater to discuss her new book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Robert L. O'Connell

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Robert L. O'Connell to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Revolutionary: George Washington at War on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

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The 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series: Lecture One

Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle by Jonathan Horn, in Conversation with Gen. David Petraeus

The 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of three months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Ryan Manion, Heather Kelly, & Amy Looney

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes authors Ryan Manion, Heather Kelly, and Amy Looney to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss their book The Knock at the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

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The Annual 2020 Martha Washington Lecture

Fred W. Smith National Library

In observance of Women's History Month, Mount Vernon and the Washington Library welcome historians Martha Saxton, Kate Haulman, and Craig Shirley to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Moderated by Karin Wulf, these scholars will discuss their recent biographies of Mary Ball Washington in a program titled Mary, the Mother of Washington: Remembering and Rediscovering Mary Ball Washington. A cocktail reception will follow.

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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Lunch & Fellowship with Ann Bay Goddin

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Ann Bay Goddin, a member of our 2019-20 class of research fellows. She will discuss her research topic, Coming to the Rescue: Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Beginning of America’s Historic Preservation Movement. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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The 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series: Lecture Two

Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership by Edward J. Larson

The 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of three months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Matthew R. Costello

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Matthew R. Costello to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book The Property of the Nation: George Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

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Lunch & Fellowship with Cassandra Good

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Cassandra Good, a member of our 2019-20 class of research fellows. She will discuss her research topic, Coming to the Rescue: Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Beginning of America’s Historic Preservation Movement. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Gabriel Paquette & Gonzalo Quintero

Mount Vernon welcomes Gabriel Paquette and Gonzalo Quintero to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss their book Spain and the American Revolution: New Approaches and Perspectives on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 

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The 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series: Lecture Three

The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America by T.H. Breen

The 2020 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of three months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. This series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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The 2020 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join leading gardeners, historians, horticulturalists, 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, Lucy S. Rhame, The Felicia Fund, The Sachem Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauran IV.

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