The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington invites you to join us for our monthly Ford Evening Book Talk, which features authors and historians discussing their latest books about George Washington and our nation’s Founding era. Lectures are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

Mount Vernon has enjoyed a very special relationship with the Ford Motor Company dating back more than 90 years. We are grateful for their generous support and we applaud their abiding respect for American heritage.

Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: Carolyn Eastman

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

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.


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An Evening with Gordon Wood

Ford Orientation Center - Smith Theater

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.

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1 Ticket + Book    2 Tickets + 1 Book

For 2 tickets and 1 book, choose "2" as your quantity during checkout.

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Virtual Ticket + Book

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Lunch and Fellowship: Charles S. Clark

Fred W. Smith National Library

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.

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