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    Amateur Depictions of George Washington

    Wendy Wick Reaves talked about how George Washington’s contemporaries depicted him in amateur sketches and drawings, including lesser-known images of George Washington that circulated…

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    George Washington Portraits

    Hugh Howard talked about presidential portraits of George Washington and what audiences can learn about America’s first president from these depictions. He talked about the work…

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    George Washington and the 1787 Constitutional Convention

    Edward Larson talked about George Washington’s role in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington agreed to participate as the delegate from Virginia and was then voted to…

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    Election of 1796

    Jeffrey Pasley talked about the creation of American political parties, the issues they disagreed on, and the media wars they waged in 18th century newspapers. The election of 1796 was…

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    George Washington and the West

    Edward Larson talked about George Washington’s journey to inspect his western Virginia landholdings during his retirement, and how it contributed to his interest in western expansion…

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    George Washington's New Room Restoration

    Historians and curators at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate talked about George Washington’s “New Room,” which, after 14 months, six hundred thousand dollars,…

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    Book Discussion on George Washington's Eye

    Joseph Manca talked about his book, George Washington’s Eye: Landscape, Architecture and Design at Mount Vernon, in which he talks about how the grounds and architecture at Mount…

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    Intellectual George Washington

    George Washington University’s Denver Brunsman talked about George Washington as an intellectual. George Washington’s lack of a university education bothered him his entire…

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    Life Portrait of George Washington

    In the first of a series of life portraits of American presidents, Mr. Smith and Mr. Rees discussed the life and career of George Washington. They further talked about the…

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    Presidents' Day Sights and Sounds at Mount Vernon

    Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps held a review as part of the celebration of President George Washington’s 281st birthday on Presidents' Day at Mount Vernon.

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    Presidents' Day Sights and Sounds at Mount Vernon

    Scenes from the celebration of President George Washington’s 281st birthday on Presidents' Day at Mount Vernon.

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    Wreath-Laying Ceremony at George Washington's Tomb

    A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the tomb of George Washington at his estate of Mount Vernon.

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    George Washington's Distillery

    An authentic working replica of George Washington’s distillery and gristmill were reconstructed on the original foundations at Mount Vernon. Whiskey and other spirits are made…

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    Mount Vernon's Slave Quarters

    Dennis Pogue and Susan Schoelwer gave a tour of newly re-interpreted slave quarters at George Washington’s Mount Vernon that show a more historically accurate and nuanced depiction of…

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    George Washington's Garden

    Since January 2005, there has been an effort underway at George Washington’s Mount Vernon to restore his garden to its 1799 appearance. Special collections librarian Michele Lee…

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    Mount Vernon and George Washington

    Curators and conservators at Mount Vernon talked about how they care for historic items and prepare them for display. They showed objects used by George Washington including a blue…

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    Mount Vernon Collections Storage Area

    Associate Curator Laura Simo showed the Museum Storage area of Mount Vernon’s Collections, Conservation, and Volunteer Center where artifacts are kept when not on public…

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    Mount Vernon Conservation Lab

    Conservators at George Washington’s estate discussed how they study, restore, and preserve historic artifacts in Mount Vernon’s Conservation Lab. They demonstrated…

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    Building the White House

    White House historian William Seale talked about George Washington’s involvement in the planning and construction of the White House, as well as the the White House as a symbol of…

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    The Evolving Role of the First Lady

    Participants spoke about the role of the first lady and how it had evolved as the nation changed during various eras. Among the topics addressed were the differing causes and projects…

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