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We're all excited about this new resource from our friends at the Museum of the American Revolution! Take a look and let...
11/17/2020
Finding Freedom

We're all excited about this new resource from our friends at the Museum of the American Revolution! Take a look and let us know what you think.

Finding Freedom draws from a variety of historical sources and contemporary analysis to try to understand the lives and decisions of five real people of African descent living in Virginia in 1781, as the British and American armies battle across the state. Their stories are told through research-bas...

George Washington's Mount Vernon
11/15/2020
George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

This fall, Mount Vernon's Collections team installed a new panel exhibition in the Education Center entitled “Give Me Liberty: African Americans in the Revolutionary War.”

These panels explore the experiences of African Americans in the Revolution through the biographies of 3 individuals connected to George Washington—William Lee, Harry Washington, and James Lafayette.

We hope you will stop by to see these new panels, which are located just outside the Be Washington lobby. If you can't make it in person, we encourage you to explore the digital version in our new webpage.

📽 Lights, Camera, Action! Our K12 team has been debating this question and we want to know what you and your students th...
11/07/2020

📽 Lights, Camera, Action!

Our K12 team has been debating this question and we want to know what you and your students think.

If you were a casting director in Hollywood, who would you choose to play George Washington?

We've included a few famous portraits of Washington to help inspire you.

Over 230 years ago the United States held its first-ever presidential election. At that time there was no formal governm...
11/03/2020
Washington's Election

Over 230 years ago the United States held its first-ever presidential election. At that time there was no formal government in place, there was no public campaigning, and 69 state electors - some selected by voters, some appointed by state legislatures, and some appointed by governors - gathered in their home states to cast their votes in February 1789.

Today, citizens of the United States of America will participate in the country's 59th presidential election. While there are many differences between the election of 1789 and this year's election, the hallmarks of our democracy remain.

We invite you and your students to dive into the Election of 1789 and explore the ideas and precedents that became the epitome of America's democratic experiment.

Read about the election of the first U.S President George Washington and his inaugration in 1789

10 Facts About From a $0 election campaign to being the only president inaugurated in two different cities, discover 10 ...
11/02/2020
10 Facts about Washington's Election

10 Facts About From a $0 election campaign to being the only president inaugurated in two different cities, discover 10 facts about Washington's election as the first President of the United States.

Facts about the George Washington's election and inaugration and presidency

Washington's Reasons for Wanting to Decline the Presidency (from a 1788 letter to Henry Lee)1. Old age2. Washington's "e...
10/31/2020
Answers the Call

Washington's Reasons for Wanting to Decline the Presidency (from a 1788 letter to Henry Lee)
1. Old age
2. Washington's "encreasing fondness for agricultural amusements"
3. "My growing love of retirement"
4. Belief that the Anti-Federalists may oppose his selection
5. After having already retired in 1783, Washington feared he would be looked upon as inconsistent, rash, and ambitious if he returned to office
6. Belief that "some other person...could execute all the duties full as satisfactorily as myself."

Washington comes out of retirement to answer the call of his country,

DYK: When Congress convened for the first time on March 4, not enough members were present to certify the election. The ...
10/29/2020
An Imperfect Election

DYK: When Congress convened for the first time on March 4, not enough members were present to certify the election. The official tally of votes would not occur until a full two months after the votes were initially cast when, on April 6, 1789, George Washington officially became the first and only president unanimously elected.

Sound familiar! George Washington's election in 1789 was imperfect.

🗳 As we gear up for the 2020 election next week, we'll be sharing all things George Washington and elections! To kick us...
10/27/2020

🗳 As we gear up for the 2020 election next week, we'll be sharing all things George Washington and elections!

To kick us off, let's take a look at Washington's not so successful first foray into the world of politics.

Will we see you at our Teaching Slavery in Washington's World Symposium? Join us October 23-25 for a free digital sympos...
10/20/2020
Teaching Slavery in Washington's World Symposium

Will we see you at our Teaching Slavery in Washington's World Symposium?

Join us October 23-25 for a free digital symposium for K12 educators. We'll be exploring how to teach 18th century slavery, investigating Washington's changing relationship with slavery, examining the experiences of enslaved people at Mount Vernon, and sharing best practices to facilitate conversations about race with students.

K-12 educators are invited to join Mount Vernon experts and external speakers for a FREE 3-day symposium exploring why and how to teach slavery in Washington's 18th-century world.

BOOKING NOW! Our newest Distance Learning Program launches November 2 but you can pre-book a program today. Bring a Moun...
10/18/2020
Primary Source Analysis

BOOKING NOW!

Our newest Distance Learning Program launches November 2 but you can pre-book a program today. Bring a Mount Vernon expert into your classroom (virtual or in-person) for an in-depth exploration of a primary source from Mount Vernon's vast collection.

Take your students into the private collections of Mount Vernon. During this hour-long session, teachers and their classroom will join Mount Vernon experts in a private video call to explore original Washington items, documents, or places.

Don't forget! Tonight is the first of our Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hours for educators. Sign up and join us at ...
10/15/2020
Under the Wine and Fig Tree Happy Hour

Don't forget!

Tonight is the first of our Under the Wine and Fig Tree happy hours for educators. Sign up and join us at 7:30pm ET for a behind-the-scenes look at how our staff preserves Mount Vernon's landscape and cares for our heritage breed animals.

Join Mount Vernon's K12 Education team for a series of online happy hours throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

🚨 We're hosting a fall symposium for K-12 teachers on Teaching Slavery in Washington's World! Registration is free and i...
10/01/2020

🚨 We're hosting a fall symposium for K-12 teachers on Teaching Slavery in Washington's World! Registration is free and includes access to ALL symposium sessions from Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25. http://bit.ly/TeachingSlavery2020

Featured Speakers include Bethany Jay, Cynthia Lyerly, Kathryn Silva, Richard Josey, Brenda Parker, Mary V. Thompson, Carla McClafferty, Hassan Jeffries

Featured Sessions include George Washington & Slavery, Teaching Race and Racism Today, Enslaved Lives at Mount Vernon Tour, Descendants' Perspectives Panel Discussion, Making Choices: Enslaved Resistance, and Partner Resources for Teaching About Slavery

Need a history break? We’re hosting a free happy hour on the third Thursday of each month during the 2020-2021 school ye...
09/30/2020
Under the Wine and Fig Tree Happy Hour

Need a history break? We’re hosting a free happy hour on the third Thursday of each month during the 2020-2021 school year.

Grab your drink of choice and settle down for a behind-the-scenes experience with Mount Vernon staff, take a look at our digital resources, and spend some time networking with your peers.

Registration is required for this free program.

Join Mount Vernon's K12 Education team for a series of online happy hours throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

09/17/2020
George Washington's Mount Vernon

Don’t miss this fantastic conversation!

Today in honor of #ConstitutionDay, we're releasing our Constitution-themed members-only livestream from this past Monday with Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center, and the Washington Library's Executive Director, Kevin Butterfield. Together they reflect on the world-altering significance of the document's creation in 1787, as well as the National Constitution Center's ongoing efforts to educate the public today.

Happy Constitution Day 📜! If you’re still looking for online resources for students, head over to our Teaching the Const...
09/17/2020
Teaching the Constitution

Happy Constitution Day 📜!

If you’re still looking for online resources for students, head over to our Teaching the Constitution page for quick links to our video “A More Perfect Union”, multiple interactive quizzes, a timeline of the Constitution, and even a few short lesson plans.

From the mansion to lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, immersive programs, and the distillery and gristmill. Spend the day with us!

Who is getting ready for Constitution Day 📜?We've got you covered with our Teaching the Constitution webpage (complete w...
09/14/2020
America250 Constitution Quiz

Who is getting ready for Constitution Day 📜?

We've got you covered with our Teaching the Constitution webpage (complete with a video, timeline, and student quizzes!).

Also - don't miss out on a new Constitution Quiz from our friends at America 250 launching September 16 https://quiz.america250.org/

This is the America250 Constitution Quiz

We're wishing all our followers who have started the school year, and all those preparing to start, a restful and relaxi...
09/05/2020
This teacher turned remote learning into a road trip: 'What if I teach history from the places where it happened?'

We're wishing all our followers who have started the school year, and all those preparing to start, a restful and relaxing holiday weekend.

We'd love to know more about the ways in which you've been thinking outside the box to address student learning throughout COVID-19.

👏👏👏 We're pretty impressed with the creativity of this Texas teacher!

"This is something I’d never be able to do in a normal school year," says the teacher who hit up Gettysburg, D.C. and other significant sites.

You may have noticed we've been quiet the past few months. Our K12 team has been working hard to create some exciting ne...
09/03/2020
Distance Learning Programs

You may have noticed we've been quiet the past few months. Our K12 team has been working hard to create some exciting new fall programming and we're ready to share it with you!

First up are our brand new Distance Learning programs! Bring a Mount Vernon expert into your classroom (physical or virtual) with one of our four programs designed to deepen students' understanding of George Washington, Mount Vernon, and life in the 18th century, while enhancing their critical thinking skills.

Program options are:
1. Virtual Guided Tour of Mount Vernon
2. Be Washington Facilitation
3. Primary Source Analysis (Available this October)
4. Lessons in Leadership (Available this October)

From the mansion to lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, immersive programs, and the distillery and gristmill. Spend the day with us!

Join National History Day tomorrow at 12:00pm EDT for a "Teacher Coffee Break" featuring a live Q&A with experts such as...
06/17/2020
Virtual 2020 Teacher Page | National History Day | NHD

Join National History Day tomorrow at 12:00pm EDT for a "Teacher Coffee Break" featuring a live Q&A with experts such as the Washington Library's Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Butterfield.

Registration for the Teacher Coffee Break is free but required

DYK: National History Day is hosting Virtual Professional Development June 14, 2020 - September 4, 2020? You can listen ...
06/12/2020
Virtual 2020 Teacher Page | National History Day | NHD

DYK: National History Day is hosting Virtual Professional Development June 14, 2020 - September 4, 2020?

You can listen to Mount Vernon's own Dr. Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library, discuss the political communication of the first president (complete with primary sources!) and then join the "Teacher Coffee Break", a live Q&A with NHD, on June 18th at 12:00pm EDT.

Learn more at:
https://www.nhd.org//virtual2020teachers

06/09/2020
Teaching Tuesday

Join Mount Vernon’s Student Learning Specialist Sadie Troy and Mount Vernon’s Manager of Teacher Programs Alissa Oginsk for an object analysis of an original punch bowl in our museum collections, plus a follow up activity for the classroom.

Please take a moment to read this.
06/04/2020

Please take a moment to read this.

The demonstrations we see in cities and towns across our nation are, in part, a consequence of America's unwillingness to engage in a constructive dialogue on the legacies of race-based slavery and inequality. Slavery and racial oppression have deep roots in our society, both preceded the existence of the United States, and were not overthrown in our revolutionary birth. Even when free, Black Americans were rarely accorded the rights of citizens in our founding era, and full equal treatment remains elusive.

We are still struggling to live up to the promises of our founding creed. We fought a revolution, declared "all men to be created equal," yet allowed slavery to continue.

This is our imperfect union. Our “great experiment.” Ours is a republic that requires citizen oversight. It demands that we stand up, share ideas, and be heard. It requires our citizens to be students of history, to recognize the mistakes and inequalities of the past, to keep an open mind to new ideas, and to listen to each other. It asks citizens to vote to shape their future.

Mount Vernon stands against racism. We recognize George and Martha Washington held men, women, and children in bondage. Mount Vernon stands with all who wish to help make our imperfect union, a bit more perfect. We seek to educate people about the past so they can reflect on these histories and create a better world for tomorrow. We do so by preserving the stories of those who called our estate home, not only our nation's founding father, who helped launch our flawed but powerful democratic experiment but those who served him in bondage and made his achievements possible. Washington’s life, and the lives of the people he enslaved, are forever intertwined with our past and our future together.

We encourage you to explore the lives of those who have come before us; people like Doll, Frank Lee, Hercules, and Ona Judge. Use their stories of hardship, resistance, punishment, and community to understand our nation's inequalities. Remember and tell their stories while you explore the lives and ideas of people like George Washington and other founders. Then take these lessons to your communities, share with others, and use them to contribute to our nation's long-deferred dialogue.

Mount Vernon stands in solidarity with those confronting racism and racial injustice and will continue to contribute to this important national dialogue. We invite others to join us by sharing their own thoughts at mountvernon.org/dialogue

📢 NEW for 2020: Guided Virtual Tours of Mount VernonThis summer, our Education Department is offering a no-charge, guide...
05/30/2020
Distance Learning Programs

📢 NEW for 2020: Guided Virtual Tours of Mount Vernon

This summer, our Education Department is offering a no-charge, guided exploration of Mount Vernon to better understand George Washington, his life at the estate, and his impact on the world in the 18th century. Programs are open to all K12 teachers and tour groups and are 60 minutes in length. Sign up using the link in this post.

Each guided exploration will showcase aspects of Mount Vernon and how they can be used to better understand George Washington, his life at the estate, and his impact on the world in the 18th century. Each narrated, interactive exploration will use our virtual tour as a backdrop to discuss important events and themes in the lives of George Washington, his family, and the enslaved population that lived on the estate.

From the mansion to lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, immersive programs, and the distillery and gristmill. Spend the day with us!

📰 We've got some news.....After careful consideration, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel ALL...
05/29/2020

📰 We've got some news.....

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel ALL George Washington Teacher Institute onsite programming for the summer of 2020 due to Covid-19.

We are disappointed that we will not be able to welcome the 120 amazing educators accepted to our program to the grounds of Washington’s home this summer. Teachers who were accepted to our summer programs will have the opportunity to particpate in an online professional development experience over the summer.

We know that an online experience cannot take the place of our onsite program, so with that in mind, teachers accepted for this summer's cancelled programs will be given priority during our application review process in future years.

If you were accepted to the program and have not received an email from our staff, please reach out to us for additional details about the cancellation and what that means for you.

05/28/2020
George Washington's Mount Vernon

If you haven't tuned in to the Washington Counts trivia game - don't miss today's. Not only is this the last one, but our very own Vice President for Education, Allison Wickens, will be going up against Doug Bradburn (President & CEO of Mount Vernon) and Susan Schoelwer (Executive Director of Historic Preservation and Collections).

Tune in at 4:00pm EDT and let Allison know you're there to cheer her on to victory!

Join us for our FINAL family-friendly Thursday trivia game! Mount Vernon experts will test their knowledge as they answer trivia questions related to Washington. But whose justification is more convincing? You get to decide! Watch the game to vote on who you think answered the question correctly.

05/26/2020
Teaching Tuesday LIVE

Every Tuesday, our education team will highlight a different teaching technique/activity that incorporates one of our online learning resources for K-12 students, teachers, and parents.

This Tuesday, we’ll play our interactive experience ‘Be Washington’ and talk through the Newburgh Address and the test of Washington’s leadership!

05/22/2020
Paw Paw Middle School

What an amazing group of well-prepared students! For those thinking about next school year, stay tuned.....we’ll be making a BIG announcement about Virtual Field Trips to Mount Vernon in the coming weeks.

While the 8th-grade students were unfortunately not able to visit Washington D.C. this year, yesterday students got the next best thing! They were able to go on a personal tour through George Washington's Mount Vernon with Education Director Sadie Troy and Mount Vernon’s Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts Adam T. Erby. They gave Mr. DeWitt´s US History class a virtual tour of George Washington's home, highlighted artifacts throughout the rooms, like the key to the Bastille, and gave insight into how our First President lived.

Check it out if you want to learn more or go on your own tour at https://www.mountvernon.org/

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Anyone able to use the A More Perfect Union interactive? I am unable to open it on PC or iPad devices at school.
Some happy news. My book Buried Lives was named on the Best Books of the Year list of Bank Street College.
So excited to finally have this! Can’t wait to return to Mount Vernon.
You know you’re teaching the kids right when this is the graffiti on my classroom desks! 🇺🇸👍
I have been invited to speak at Mount Vernon as part of the Ford Book Talk Series about my new book BURIED LIVES: THE ENSLAVED PEOPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S MOUNT VERNON. It will take place on April 11. I hope some of you can attend.
I love it when something I’ve researched turns up in unexpected place. Well that just happened on one of my favorite TV shows: Poldark. On Sunday’s night’s episode Ross Poldark is in the House of Commons and mentions that William Wilberforce was speaking against slavery. My ears perked up because in my new book BURIED LIVES: THE ENSLAVED PEOPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON, I have a drawing of the slave ship Brookes. How does this connect to Poldark? In reality, when Wilberforce was arguing in Parliament for the abolition of slavery, he used a wooden model of the Brookes to show the cruelty of slavery. Ultimately slavery was abolished in Britain-and the slave ship Brookes played a part in it. Here is the link to see the actual model William Wilberforce used: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/TrVw1QSnSKyRI59LC2csxg Here is the link to an interview where Aidan Turner (who plays Ross Poldark) talks about Wilberforce: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/poldark-4/turner I can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing sketch of the Brookes slave ship in my book. It is powerful.
Well, here is my first official Podcast. I felt very honored to have been asked by Mt. Vernon's President and CEO, Dr. Doug Bradburn and by VP of Education, Allison Wickens to do a podcast about my Teacher Fellowship lesson centered around the 12 Lakota Values expressed by Joseph Marshall III in "The Lakota Way." I was so nervous I accidentally said there were 6 Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings, when in fact there are 7. UGH! I hope if you take a listen there is something positive you can take away from my words.
Looking for a great intro to Mount Vernon for children? https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Visits-Mount-Vernon-Glanowski/dp/1985212676/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1524687611&sr=1-2&keywords=anna+glanowski was authored by a ten-year-old and is a fantastic resource!
Prior Missouri Teachers at Mount Vernon Attendees enjoying #MCSS18 Missouri Council for the Social Studies
George Washington and Mount Vernon Teacher Workshop—What do motivated teachers do after school on one of the last days of school before Christmas Break? They share ideas about teaching Colonial history during the era of George Washington, of course!
Thank you Allison and Lucy for helping me bring fellow Bill of Rights Institute teachers to George Washington's Mount Vernon. We had a wonderful afternoon! This view is just amazing