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



Upcoming Events

Harpsichord Concerts

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Listen to internationally recognized performers as they bring to life the sounds of the 18th century as once performed for the Washington's and their guests.

Music selections are drawn from Nelly Custis' favorites and popular music of the time. Nelly's reproduction harpsichord is highlighted with its versatility and unique range along with various period instruments.

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Harpsichord Symposium

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Join an international roster of performers and historians as they explore and revive the music of Mount Vernon, and particularly its fascinating keyboard instruments. 

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Ryan Cole

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Ryan Cole to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Light-Horse Harry Lee: The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Hero on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

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Lunch and Fellowship with Karin Wulf

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 George Washington, Genealogist: Genealogy and Political Legacy in Washington’s America. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Harlow Giles Unger

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Harlow Giles Unger to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Joanne B. Freeman

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author Joanne B. Freeman to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss her book The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: John McCurdy

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Mount Vernon welcomes author John McCurdy to the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium to discuss his book Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Tickets for this program will be available starting on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

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