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Mount Vernon Magazine, Fall 2016

What's In This Issue?

  • The Enlightened President: Susan Dunn on the Union of Reason and Happiness
  • The Dividing Line: Nathaniel Philbrick paints the Revolution's darkest days
  • High Fashion returns to the restored Chintz Room
  • New exhibition explores slavery at Mount Vernon
  • Boatbuilding project at the Pioneer Farm






George Washington and Slavery

At the time of George Washington’s death, the Mount Vernon estate’s enslaved population consisted of 317 people. Washington’s thoughts on slavery were contradictory and changed over time.

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Boat Building

Visitors to Mount Vernon in summer 2016 had the opportunity to visit the craftsmen as they completed the batteau. Watch the up-to- the-minute process online.

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The Chintz Room

The Chintz Room was one of the finest of the six primary bedchambers at Mount Vernon. The room’s furnishings were inspired by the decorative arts of Asia, communicating the western fascination with the perceived luxury and splendor of eastern cultures.

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Nathaniel Philbrick on Benedict Arnold and George Washington

Pulitzer-prize winning author Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his new book, Valiant Ambition, with Dr. Douglas Bradburn of the Washington Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Valiant Ambition looks at the complicated lives of Benedict Arnold and George Washington during the American Revolution.

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Library Events & Programs

The Fred W. Smith National Library frequently hosts a variety of dynamic events, welcoming established scholars, leaders, and experts from numerous fields.

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2016 Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is proud to present this educational series delivered by the Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in American History, a position established to honor the Association's 18th Regent through the generosity of Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program is a highly selective six week summer institute for rising college juniors offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities at the home of America’s first president just outside our nation’s capital.

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