This is truly a historic day, as the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association announces the selection of Curtis G. Viebranz as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Chosen from a wide array of candidates, Curt is only the tenth person to head Mount Vernon since 1858.
In the spirit of America’s first president, Curt is a proven businessman and entrepreneur with a passion for history and public service. His tenure begins on September 17, at a pivotal time. Although we are excited to mark the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution next week by showcasing our latest acquisition, Washington’s own annotated copy of the Acts of Congress, we are troubled by growing evidence that too many Americans have lost touch with our national heritage.
As we prepare to open The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, we have reaffirmed our commitment to maintaining Washington’s importance in a fast-changing world. We are confident that Curt will help us to build upon our success in education, preservation, and collections as we work in new ways and with new audiences to keep Washington “first in the hearts of his countrymen.”