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Join Mount Vernon for a FREE live virtual program for K-12 classrooms. Help your students get ready for Thanksgiving by examining George Washington's legacy in establishing the national holiday!

The program will run on Friday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. ET and Monday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. ET. Teachers may register for one or both sessions.

Register for Fri., Nov. 17

Register for Mon., Nov. 20



Free for K-12 Classrooms



Let's explore Washington and Thanksgiving in your classroom!

Join our Education team for a live presentation of a lesser-known part of the legacy of one of our country's greatest leaders. With this program, students will examine Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789, discuss how the nation responded to the proclamation, and reflect on how precedents set by Washington still impact our lives today. 

Program Overview

  • This program is FREE
  • Registrations are unlimited
  • Please note: All grades are welcome for both sessions, but documents shared in the sessions are most appropriate for middle school ages
  • This program will be hosted through the video platform Webex. Links will be sent by email upon registration and approximately one week and one day before the event.
  • Teachers may sign up as a class and view the program together or provide the links to their students to log-in individually
  • All teachers and students will need internet access
  • Please feel free to register for one or two sessions!

Program Highlights

  • Live presentation with personalized discussion
  • Access to chat for engaging conversations and questions
  • Source analysis activities
  • Reflections on how we still see Washington's impact in our lives today

Program Outcomes

Students will:

  • Learn about George Washington and the 18th century.
  • Improve critical thinking skills by analyzing primary sources, asking questions, and drawing conclusions. 
  • Have a fun/engaging/memorable experience by visually connecting with Mount Vernon and their classmates.
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