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: Women in George Washington's World

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Women in George Washington's World is a stunning new collection of essays about women who were closely connected to the Father of Our Country, including some who had a tremendous amount of influence on him. This book includes the work of leading historians and is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about women in early America, as well as people in the General's personal orbit.

Hear from a panel of scholars at our free book talk and submit your questions. 


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Ford Evening Book Talk and Official Book Launch: Edward J. Larson

Fred W. Smith National Library

Please join us for the official book launch of Edward J. Larson’s new book, American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation 1765-1795. This is a powerful history that reveals how the twin strands of liberty and slavery were joined in the nation’s founding.

This wise and balanced account explores the dramatic lives and revealing words of both free and enslaved Americans who sought either to preserve or erase the pervasive tension between liberty and bondage in the Revolutionary era.  This is the story of liberty and slavery in Revolutionary America, delivered with sensibility and nuance.

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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