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VIDEO: George Washington Gets a Library

A new home for George Washington’s manuscripts and valuable belongings is being built at Mount Vernon, across the street from the estate. The Fred. W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington isn’t slated to open until summer 2013, but construction is well underway.

In addition to the Washington family Bible and a number of other maps, documents and possessions, the library will house Mount Vernon’s education, collections and library departments. Conferences will be held at the facility and a resident scholar will even reside in a nearby, brand-new abode.

Interested in following along as we chart a new path with our library? Check back for more video updates as construction progresses.

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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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