Event — Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

The 2016 George Washington Symposium

Where: Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA, 22121

When: Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016

Details: As America endures one of the most contentious and expensive presidential campaigns in history, this year’s George Washington Symposium will focus on the nation’s first and best president, and the remarkable administration that laid the foundation for all who would follow in his footsteps. Join leading historians, curators, and academics for an enlightening look at major influences on the groundbreaking tenure of the nation’s first chief executive, from setting up a government the people could trust, to his experiences dealing with Native Americans and foreign powers. Explore how the first president projected his republican style of living, how he utilized the expertise of his cabinet, and interacted with the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

Untrodden Ground: The Presidency of George Washington

“All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated Office. To me, there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity. In our progress towards political happiness my station is new; and, if I may use the expression, I walk on untrodden ground.” – George Washington to Catherine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham, Jan. 19, 1790

Cost: $175 members; $200 general public

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