In observance of Women's History Month, Mount Vernon and the Washington Library welcome historians Martha Saxton, Kate Haulman, and Craig Shirley to the David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Moderated by Karin Wulf, these scholars will discuss their recent biographies of Mary Ball Washington in a program titled Mary, the Mother of Washington: Remembering and Rediscovering Mary Ball Washington. A cocktail reception will follow. The authors will sign books purchased at Mount Vernon after the lecture.

This annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

Mary, the Mother of Washington: Remembering and Rediscovering Mary Ball Washington

Kate Haulman is an Associate Professor of History at American University. She researches and teaches early North American and American women's and gender history. She is the author of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America, winner of the Berkshire Conference Prize for Best First Book in the History of Women, Gender, and/or Sexuality, and co-editor, with Pamela Nadell, of Making Women's Histories: Beyond National Perspectives.


Martha Saxton is a Professor of History and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Being Good: Women's Moral Values in Early America, as well as the forthcoming The Widow Washington.





Craig Shirley is a noted author, lecturer and historian. His prior work includes four bestsellers on former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, as well as the New York Times bestselling December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World. His most recent work is a biography of Mary Ball Washington titled Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother.



Karin Wulf is a historian of early America and the early modern Atlantic world, focused on gender, family, and the state. She is Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and a Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, where she directs graduate student research in early American and gender history. She writes for the Scholarly Kitchen from a humanities perspective on subjects including Open Access, citation metrics, and the value of specialist writing.

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