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Conversations at the Washington Library

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I have not houses to build except one which I must erect for the accommodation amp security of my military civil amp private papers which are voluminous and may be interesting George Washington wrote this in a 1797 letter shortly after stepping down as President of the United States Though he did not live to see the construction of such a building today his aspirations have been fulfilled The Fred W Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington located at his home in Mount Vernon Virginia opened in 2013 and serves as the premiere center for research on Washington colonial America and the Revolutionary and Founding eras The Library hosts numerous programs every year welcoming scholars of all levels who share our dedication to generating and disseminating knowledge about early American history This series is an opportunity to go behindthescenes with these scholars for an indepth look at the work they do to build a more complete understanding of our shared American history

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