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

Unearthing James Monroe’s Life

Join the Washington Library and James Monroe’s Highland for a virtual talk with Tim McGrath about his new book, James Monroe: A Life. Special Guest Dr. Sara Bon-Harper, Highland’s Executive Director, will also join us to discuss how recent archeological work is shedding new light on life at Highland. 

This event is co-sponsored by James Monroe's Highland


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Ford Evening Book Talk: Jean H. Baker

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with historian Jean H. Baker in conversation with Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, Mount Vernon's Executive Director for Historic Preservation and Collections, and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator. 

They will discuss Baker's new book, Building America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe.


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