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



Upcoming Events

Special Lunch and Fellowhship with Joyce Lindorff

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of our 2018-19 class of research fellows as she discusses her research topic A Harpsichord as Cultural Narrator: Eleanor Parke Custis and Music-Making at Mount Vernon on Thursday, January 24, 2019. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Patrick Spero

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Patrick Spero to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776 on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

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Special Lunch and Fellowship with Ray Simon

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with artist Ray Simon as he discusses his previous work as well as his new painting of George Washington titled, Divine Providence on Thursday, February 7, 2019. This piece will also be unveiled to the public at the program. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Catherine Kerrison

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Catherine Kerrison to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Eric Lomazoff

Mount Vernon welcomes author Eric Lomazoff to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy: Politics and Law in the Early American Republic on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

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The 2019 Annual Martha Washington Lecture

In observance of Women's History Month, Mount Vernon and the Washington Library welcome historians Catherine Allgor, Patricia Brady, and Woody Holton to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Moderated by Ann Compton, these scholars will discuss their research regarding pivotal First Ladies following Martha Washington's example in a program titled, In the Footsteps of Martha: The Wives of Early U.S. Presidents. A cocktail reception and object viewing 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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The 2019 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

The 2019 Michelle Smith Lecture Series will include three presentations, with a fourth bonus lecture, delivered by a cadre of outstanding authors over a period of four months. A reception and book signing will take place after each lecture. Participation is by subscription to the entire series.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Carla McClafferty

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Carla McClafferty to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Friday, February 22, 2019.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Tom Clavin

Mount Vernon welcomes author Tom Clavin to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Valley Forge on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

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The 2019 Mount Vernon Symposium

In 1790, George Washington tasked Gouverneur Morris, the American minister to France, with purchasing a variety of fashionable French objects for decorating his dining room. In making his selections, Morris wrote that it was imperative “to fix the taste of our Country properly,” and that grounding the new nation in the classical tradition, which has “been fashionable above two thousand years,” was the means to achieve this.

These men and their contemporaries inhabited a world heavily influenced by ancient Rome and Greece. Classical references permeated their societies in everything from government to education, from drama to literature. With the archaeological discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the widespread popularity of Andrea Palladio’s designs, the realms of art and architecture also came to be dominated by classical forms and motifs. Washington himself embraced the classical spirit, and with his design for Mount Vernon’s “New Room,” took the lead in introducing neoclassicism to America. Join leading curators, historians, and art and architectural historians as they examine a wide variety of Greco-Roman styles, influences, references, and forms that early Americans admired and celebrated.

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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Ford Evening Book Talk: Xavier F. Salomon

Mount Vernon welcomes author Xavier F. Salomon to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Canova's George Washington on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Friday, April 12, 2019.

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