The George Washington Presidential Library 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: Richard Brookhiser on John Trumbull

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium

Hear from popular historian Richard Brookhiser, author of Glorious Lessons: John Trumbull Painter of the American Revolution. 

Brookhiser examines the complicated life and legacy of John Trumbull, whose paintings portrayed both the struggle and the principles that distinguished America’s founding moment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and have their books signed.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: Democracy in Darkness

George Washington Presidential Library

Hear from University of Notre Dame professor Katlyn Carter, author of Democracy in Darkness: Secrecy and Transparency in the Age of Revolutions. 

Dr. Carter examines how debates over secrecy and transparency in politics during the eighteenth century shaped modern democracy. This new book reshapes our understanding of how government by and for the people emerged during the Age of Revolutions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and have their books signed.

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Ford Evening Book Talk: The Memory of '76

George Washington Presidential Library

Hear from historian Michael D. Hattem, author of The Memory of '76: The Revolution in American History. 

In this new book, Dr. Hattem examines the surprising history of how Americans have fought over the meaning and legacy of the Revolution for nearly two and a half centuries.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and have their books signed.

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