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VIDEO: Ground is Broken on GW Library

The nation’s first leader didn’t have a presidential library of his own until April 14, when Mount Vernon broke ground on what will become a repository for George Washington’s books, manuscripts and documents as well as a center for leadership conferences and training programs.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) spoke before a crowd of more than 900 people, and dignitaries including Mount Vernon’s president James Rees broke ground.

The 45,000 square-foot facility will be located in a 15-acre wooded area near the Mount Vernon Inn complex and will be called the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

The library is slated to open in 2013.

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2 Responses to “VIDEO: Ground is Broken on GW Library”

  1. Mrs. Mauran, RI Says:

    This is a super video; so glad we were all there!

  2. Robin Friedman Says:

    And we had a wonderful day too! I think the general requested the lovely weather for us. I loved meeting you as well, Becca!

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Portraits in Schools

Kids holding George Washington Portrait

Mount Vernon recently invited K-12 schools nationwide to request framed portraits of George Washington to display in a respectful, prominent place.

The response was overwhelming: thousands of schools submitted letters! Along with the portrait, schools received curriculum materials to help explore our first president’s contributions.

Where has George Washington gone back to school? Click here to see!

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