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: George Washington's Hair

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Keith Beutler’s new book, George Washington's Hair: How Early Americans Remembered the Founders, explains how, between 1790 and 1840, popular memory took a turn toward the physical, as exemplified by the craze for collecting locks of George Washington's hair.  This book uncovers a forgotten strand of early American memory practices and emerging patriotic identity. 

Hear from the author at our free book talk and submit your questions. This event will be followed by a book signing.

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