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 and Freemasonry

Fred W. Smith National Library

Mark Tabbert’s new book, A Deserving Brother presents a complete story of George Washington's association with Freemasonry. This new book documents the significance of Freemasonry in Washington’s life and career in a way that separates fact from fiction and will satisfy both historians and general readers, including today’s Freemasons.

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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Ford Evening Book Talk: Only the Clothes on Her Back

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Laura F. Edwards’s new book, Only the Clothes on Her Back: Clothing and the Hidden History of Power in the Nineteenth-Century United States, is an innovative recasting of U.S. legal and economic history through the power of clothing for those who lacked power and status in American society.

This new book offers engaging stories of people's lives, combining material culture and social history with legal history.

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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Ford Evening Book Talk and Official Book Launch: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity

Fred W. Smith National Library

Join us for the official book launch of Maurizio Valsania’s new book, First Among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity. This compelling work dispels the many common myths about the first U.S. president while revealing a full, complete portrait of George Washington as readers have rarely seen him before.

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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