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Due to concerns over the spreading of the coronavirus, Mount Vernon is postponing this event until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact Stephen McLeod (, 703-799-8686) or John-Aubrey Stone (, 703-667-3620). Thank you for your continued support of Mount Vernon programming.Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Ann Bay Goddin, a member of our 2019-20 class of research fellows. She will discuss her research topic, Coming to the Rescue: Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Beginning of America’s Historic Preservation Movement. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Rubenstein Leadership Hall
Fred W. Smith National Library
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Portrait of Ann Pamela Cunningham which hangs in the South Carolina state capitol.
Portrait of Ann Pamela Cunningham which hangs in the South Carolina state capitol.

Goddin’s research focuses on the papers of Ann Pamela Cunningham, of whom she is writing a biography. During the tumultuous 1850s decade leading up to the Civil War, Cunningham rose from the obscurity of an invalid’s sick bed in upstate South Carolina to take on the challenge of saving Mount Vernon, thus setting in motion America’s historic preservation movement.  






About Ann Bay Goddin
Ann Bay Goddin’s career began in 1972, when she was awarded an NEH grant to conduct a study of education programs in American humanities museums. She then worked at the Smithsonian for twenty-seven years as both a writer and an administrator, including as Executive Director of the Institution’s Center for Education and Museum Studies. In 2000, she became Mount Vernon’s first Vice-President for Education, a position she held until her retirement at the end of 2010. She holds a B.A. from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, and an M.Ed. degree, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia.