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Conversations at the Washington Library is the premier podcast about George Washington and his Early American world. Join host Jim Ambuske each week as he talks with scholars, digital humanists, librarians, and other guests about Washington's era and the way we tell stories about the past. Support … read more

179 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

2020 George Washington Symposium Announcement

October 19th, 2020

1:15
Elections that Shaped the American Presidency

To learn more and to register, please visit: www.mountvernon.org/gwsymposium

As our nation approaches its next presidential election, the 2020 George Washington Symposium …

180. Reading Letters by Early American Women with Kathryn Gehred

October 15th, 2020

1:04:45

If you pull any decent history book off your shelf right now, odds are that it’s filled with quotes from letters, diaries, or account books that help …

179. Revitalizing Myaamia Language and Culture with George Ironstrack

October 8th, 2020

1:11:17

In the eighteenth century, the Myaamia people inhabited what are now parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. More commonly known in English as the Miami, the Myaamia figure prominently in the early history of …

178. Digitally Interning at the Washington Library with Jamie Morris

October 1st, 2020

31:49

The Washington Library's Center for Digital History often collaborates with students to advance its research and public history projects. That can …

177. Harnessing Harmony in the Early Republic with Billy Coleman

September 24th, 2020

1:06:53

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key began composing "The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the British attack on Fort McHenry. Of all the …

176. Hunting Satan in Scotland and the Atlantic World with Michelle D. Brock

September 17th, 2020

55:53

The Prince of Darkness wrought havoc on the souls of seventeenth-century Christians living throughout the Atlantic world. Whether they called him …

175. Finding Redemption from Tyranny with Bruce Stewart

September 10th, 2020

54:24

Conversations at the Washington Library kicks off Season 5 by exploring the life of a radical populist who never met a revolution he didn’t like. …

174. (Recast) Tracing the Rise and Fall of Light-Horse Harry Lee with Ryan Cole

September 3rd, 2020

53:56

This episode originally aired in September 2019.


You may know him as Robert E. Lee’s father, but Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was so much more. …

173. Tracing the History of the Syphax Family with Steve Hammond and Brenda Parker

August 27th, 2020

1:05:58

The Syphax Family has deep historic ties to Mount Vernon and other sites of enslavement in Virginia.

In 1821, Charles Syphax, an enslaved man at

172. Exploring White Women as Slave Owners in the American South with Stephanie Jones-Rogers

August 20th, 2020

1:02:44

It’s easy to think of slave holding as a male profession. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and countless other men are often the …

171. Reinterpreting Mary Ball Washington with Karin Wulf, Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, and Charlene Boyer Lewis

August 13th, 2020

1:10:59

On today's show, we bring you the audio from our annual Martha Washington Lecture. This year's topic was Mary Ball Washington, George's mother, and the recent work by historians to rethink what we know about her life. …

170. Forging a Founding Partnership with Edward J. Larson

August 6th, 2020

1:09:43

Season 5 of the podcast drops in a few weeks. In the meantime, we're pleased to offer you Library Executive Director Kevin Butterfield’s recent live stream conversation with Edward J. Larson. Larson is the author of …

169. Re-investigating an Early American Murder with Jessica Lowe

July 30th, 2020

1:04:10

Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library is just around the corner. Until then, we're happy to bring you Jim Ambuske's recent live stream …

168. Mining King George III's Papers with Zara Anishanslin and Arthur Burns

July 23rd, 2020

1:13:21

While work continues on the podcast's upcoming Season 5, we’re pleased to offer you another summer interlude.

For today’s show, we bring you the …

167. Reconstructing the Indian World of George Washington with Colin Calloway

July 16th, 2020

1:10:07

Week 3 of our summer hiatus is another opportunity to bring you a fascinating look at early America courtesy of some of our recent live stream programming.

On today’s show, we bring you Library Executive Director Kevin …

166. Mobilizing the Will of the People with T. H. Breen

July 9th, 2020

1:04:44

We're excited to bring you Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library in a few short weeks. But in the meantime we’ll keep you entertained as promised.

Today, we bring you the audio version of Executive …

165. Facing the Long Year of Revolution with Mary Beth Norton

July 2nd, 2020

1:00:55

Summer has arrived and with it the end of Season 4 of Conversations at the Washington Library

But don't despair! While we're busy recording new episodes for Season 5, we'll keep the conversation going by bringing you …

164. Battling Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay with Jamie L. H. Goodall

June 25th, 2020

58:33

During the American Revolution, the Chesapeake Bay was a pirate’s nest. The men who plied the Bay’s waters had shifting loyalties, competing …

163. Returning to Lives Bound Together on Juneteenth with Jessie MacLeod

June 18th, 2020

52:00

This Friday marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the moment on June 19, 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas …

162. Ending Washington's Life with Jonathan Horn

June 11th, 2020

47:43

In March 1797, newly-inaugurated president John Adams thought he detected a glint of joy in George Washington’s eyes as the aging Virginian stepped …

161. (Repeat) Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

June 4th, 2020

1:01:22

Note: This episode originally aired on January 30, 2020.


In May 1796, Ona Judge, Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia home. She had learned that Martha …

160. Recasting Tacky's Revolt as an Atlantic Slave War with Vincent Brown

May 28th, 2020

1:00:42

Virginia is a landscape shaped by slavery and the enslaved communities who labored in bondage on plantations like Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the smaller farms that surrounded these large estates.

But in the …

159. Preserving Historic Real Estate with Whitney Martinko

May 21st, 2020

47:48

In 1812, Pennsylvania state legislators contemplated something that most Americans would now find completely unimaginable: demolishing Independence …

158. Praying to the Adams Family Gods with Sara Georgini

May 14th, 2020

59:23

In November 1800, President John Adams composed a letter to his wife, Abigail, just after he moved into the new White House.

He concluded his letter to his “dearest friend” this way: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of …

157. Finding the Hidden Families behind the Boston Massacre with Serena Zabin

May 7th, 2020

1:02:27

On the evening of March 5, 1770, Captain Thomas Preston and a small contingent of British Redcoats under his command fired into a crowd of civilians massing on King Street in Boston, killing several people.

Many of us …

156. Making a Pilgrimage to Washington's Tomb with Matthew Costello

April 30th, 2020

55:43

In December 1799, George Washington died after a short illness. His body and his legacy quickly became fodder for nineteenth century Americans – free and enslaved – who were struggling to make sense of what it meant to …

154. Recovering the Founding Legacy of Dr. Benjamin Rush with Stephen Fried

April 16th, 2020

1:18:36

In 1793, the dreaded Yellow Fever swept through Philadelphia. The deadly virus raced through the nation’s capital between August and November, …

153. Putting Secession and Jefferson Davis on Trial with Cynthia Nicoletti

April 9th, 2020

1:04:03

In May 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia as the Civil War neared its end.

Davis had led the Confederate States of America since 1861. He was taken to Fortress …

152. Creating George Washington's Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky

April 2nd, 2020

50:00

There are many things that we take for granted in the modern United States. The president’s cabinet is one of them.

Although the cabinet is a …

151. Going Timbering and Turtling in the Caribbean with Mary Draper

March 26th, 2020

40:58

Three hundred years ago, timber and turtles were key commodities for English settlers on Barbados and Jamaica.

Barbadians sailed northwest to the …

150. Teaching Online in a Time of Covid-19 with Sadie Troy

March 19th, 2020

41:26

It's mid-March 2020 and chances are you're listening to this episode from the comfort of your home as you practice social distancing. Over the past …

149. Charting a Geographer's Career with Ron Grim

March 12th, 2020

44:01

Dr. Ron Grim has been a geographer for over 40 years. After receiving his PhD from the University of Maryland, Ron embarked on a career that included …

148. Inventing Disaster with Cindy Kierner

March 5th, 2020

48:39

On the morning of November 1, 1755, a devastating earthquake struck the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The quake leveled buildings, triggered fires, and caused a tsunami that laid waste to the urban landscape. When it …

147. Setting the Table for the American Cincinnatus with Ron Fuchs

February 27th, 2020

49:24

In 1784, Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Shaw set sail on the Empress of China destined for the city of Canton, or Guangzhou, in southern China.

146. Doing Public History at Mount Vernon with Jeanette Patrick

February 20th, 2020

35:35

Like many folks around the country, you might have spent the last three evenings watching Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Washington documentary series on the …

145. Creating the New Map of Empire with Max Edelson

February 13th, 2020

42:22

When the British defeated the French and their allies in the Seven Years’ War, they acquired vast new territories that expanded British America. Britain’s North America Empire grew to include New Brunswick in Canada, …

144. Sizing Up the Thigh Men of Dad History with Alexis Coe

February 6th, 2020

55:05

The modern biography as we know it dates to the eighteenth century when Scottish author and lawyer James Boswell published The Life of Samuel Johnson. Boswell produced an account of the rascally Englishman, a friend of …

143. Finding Ona Judge's Voice with Sheila Arnold

January 30th, 2020

1:00:14

In May 1796, Ona Judge, Martha Washington’s enslaved maidservant, freed herself by walking out of the Washington’s Philadelphia home. She had learned that Martha intended to give her away as a wedding present to

142. Plotting against General Washington with Mark Edward Lender

January 23rd, 2020

56:58

In late 1777, George Washington’s disappointing performance as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army was a source of growing concern among some army officers and members of Congress. While he had won important …

141. Accounting for Women in the Business of Slavery with Alexi Garrett

January 16th, 2020

51:55

When George Washington died in December 1799, it changed Martha Washington’s legal status. Just as she did when she was widowed for the first time in 1757, Martha once again became an independent person in the eyes of …

140. (Repeat) Republican Laws and Monarchical Education with Mark Boonshoft

January 9th, 2020

31:49

This episode originally aired in June 2019. 

Once the United States achieved its independence, how did white Americans expect to educate the new republic's youth? How did questions about education become a flash point …

139. Harnessing the Power of Washington's Genealogy with Karin Wulf

January 2nd, 2020

48:28

Early Americans like George Washington obsessed over genealogy. Much was at stake. One's place on the family tree could mean the difference between …

138. Happy Holidays from the Washington Library

December 26th, 2019

0:19

The podcast team is off for the holidays. We'll be back in the new year with new thought-provoking interviews with the likes of Jeanette Patrick, …

137. Seeing the British Side of the American Revolution with Andrew O'Shaughnessy

December 19th, 2019

50:28

What does the American Revolution look like from a British vantage point? How does that change the way we think about the origins of the United …

136. Executing Major John André with D.A.B. Ronald

December 12th, 2019

56:37

On October 2, 1780, Major John André was executed as a spy on George Washington’s orders. The British officer had convinced American general Benedict …

135. Editing Early America with Nadine Zimmerli

December 5th, 2019

48:41

Dr. Nadine Zimmerli recently joined The University of Virginia Press as its editor of History and Social Sciences books. A former editor at the

134. A Constitutional Thanksgiving

November 28th, 2019

4:02

We’re off this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back next week with conversations featuring some of the leading lights in early American …

133. Facing the Wrath of Rachel Jackson's God with Melissa Gismondi

November 21st, 2019

44:27

If you know anything about Rachel Jackson, chances are you know her best as Andrew Jackson’s wife. You might also know that Rachel died in late 1828, just before Andrew became president. 

During Andrew’s presidential …

132. Quartering Troops in Early America with John McCurdy

November 14th, 2019

41:32

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson criticized George III for "Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us" in the years before …

131. Let's Get Digital With Loren Moulds

November 7th, 2019

55:39

How has technology changed the way that historians and educators tell stories about the past? What does it mean to do "digital history" and how can …

130. Writing the History of Early America for Children with David Bruce Smith

October 31st, 2019

34:40

Historians spend a lot of time thinking about audience. Whether speaking at academic meetings, talking with the general public, or teaching students, we consider how we can best communicate our ideas to different …

129. Mapping a Nation with Erin Holmes and Janine Yorimoto Boldt

October 24th, 2019

36:59

Maps do more than visualize landscapes, identify political borders, or chart rivers and oceans. They show us the many and varied ways that we make …

128. Digitizing the Constitution with Julie Silverbrook

October 17th, 2019

52:39

The word “impeachment” is in the air these days. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a website to find information about what the Constitution’s framers …

127. Walking through The Field of Blood with Joanne B. Freeman

October 10th, 2019

53:09

What comes to mind when you think about Congress in the nineteenth century?

Perhaps you imagine great orators like Henry Clay or Daniel Webster declaiming on the important issues then facing the republic.

And yes, in …

126. Entering a World of Paine with Harlow Giles Unger

October 3rd, 2019

51:14

On today’s show, veteran journalist and biographer Harlow Giles Unger talks to Jim Ambuske about revolutionary radical Thomas Paine, one of his …

125. Simulating 1793 and the Fate of the Republic with Trey Alsup and Sadie Troy

September 26th, 2019

56:52

Imagine you lived in the year 1793. The United States has recently suffered its worst military defeat in its history at the hands of the …

124. The Power Broker and the King Maker: The Life of Elizabeth Willing Powel with Samantha Snyder

September 19th, 2019

45:42

In this episode of Conversations at the Washington Library, Samantha Snyder speaks to Jim Ambuske about the life of Elizabeth Willing Powel. Powel was a prominent Philadelphian who became close to the Washington family. …

123. Tracing the Rise and Fall of Light-Horse Harry Lee with Ryan Cole

September 12th, 2019

53:47

You may know him as Robert E. Lee’s father, but Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was so much more. Born into a Virginia dynasty, the man who would …

122. Making Sense of Murder in the Shenandoah with Jessica Lowe: Explorations in Early American Law Part 4

September 5th, 2019

44:23

On July 4, 1791, fifteen years after Americans declared independence, two men walked into a Virginia field. Only one walked out alive. John Crane, …

121. Interpreting George Washington's Constitution with Lindsay Chervinsky: Explorations in Early American Law Part 3

August 29th, 2019

59:27

In the fall of 1789, George Washington ordered a printed copy of the Constitution along with the laws passed by the First Federal Congress. A book binder bound the printed sheets in leather and added the words …

120. Meeting Alexander Hamilton, Attorney at Law, with Kate Brown: Explorations in Early American Law Part 2

August 22nd, 2019

48:49

We all know Alexander Hamilton for his service during the Revolutionary War, his tenure as the first Secretary of the Treasury, and his death at the …

119. The Transatlantic Reach of Thomas Erskine and Law in the Age of Revolutions with Nicola Phillips: Explorations in Early American Law Part 1

August 15th, 2019

41:44

In what ways did the United States remain bound to Great Britain in the decades after American Independence? As it turns out, the law and legal ideas served as a connection between Americans and their former British …

117. Resilience in a Time of War: A Special Purple Heart Commemoration Day Conversation with LTC Matthew Kutilek, USMC

August 1st, 2019

49:45

In this episode, Jim Ambuske chats with LTC Matthew Kutilek, USMC, a 2001 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Kutilek is a United …

116. Looking for Lafayette with Jordan Pellerito

July 29th, 2019

34:02

In this episode, Jim Ambuske sits down with first year Ph.D. student Jordan Pellerito of the University of Missouri who is interning this summer at the Washington Library. Pellerito tells us about her Master’s degree …

115. The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thompson: Part 2

July 11th, 2019

0:40

In this episode, Dr. Jim Ambuske continues his conversation with the Washington Library's Research Historian Mary V. Thompson to discuss her new book, "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, …

114. The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret with Mary Thompson: Part 1

July 4th, 2019

0:30

In this episode Dr Jim Ambuske sits down with the Washington Librarys Research Historian Mary V Thompson to discuss her new book The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret George Washington Slavery and the Enslaved …

113. Republican Laws and Monarchical Education with Mark Boonshoft

June 27th, 2019

0:31

Once the United States achieved its independence, how did white Americans expect to educate the new republic's youth? How did questions about education become a flash point in the battle between Federalists and …

112. Welcome Jim Ambuske!

June 20th, 2019

0:30

In this episode, Dr. Kevin Butterfield sits down with Dr. Jim Ambuske the Washington Library's new Digital Historian and future podcast host.

About Our Guest:

Jim Ambuske, Ph.D. leads the Center for Digital History at …

111. Aboard the USS George Washington

June 13th, 2019

0:25

 In this episode Dr Douglas Bradburn sits down with Captain Glenn Jamison Captain Daryle D Cardone and Command Master Chief Maurice Coffey of the USS George Washington on location at the aircraft carrier.

--- Send in …

110. Pen Versus Plow

June 6th, 2019

32:49

In this episode Dr Kevin Butterfield sits down with Kings College Georgian Papers Fellow Dr. James Fisher to discuss his latest findings on the topic …

109. Birthing a Nation

May 30th, 2019

0:29

 In this episode Associate Curator Jessie MacLeod sits down with Library research fellow Sara Collini to discuss her latest findings on the topic …

108. Valley Forge

May 23rd, 2019

0:28

In this episode, Dr Joe Stoltz sits down with Tom Clavin to discuss his new book entitled Valley Forge. For more information check out our website

107. The British Are Coming

May 16th, 2019

1:22

In this bonus-sized episode Dr Douglas Bradburn sits down with bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson to discuss volume one of …

106. In the Hurricane's Eye

May 9th, 2019

0:30

In this episode, Dr Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with world renowned author and 2016 George Washington Prize winner Nathaniel Philbrick to discuss his latest book, In the Hurricanes Eye The Genius of George Washington …

105. Buried Lives

May 2nd, 2019

0:26

In this episode, Dr Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Carla McClafferty author of the book, Buried Lives The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon. For more information check out our website

104. The Proof of the Pudding will be in the Eating

April 25th, 2019

0:25

In this episode Dr Kevin C. Butterfield, sits down with Library research fellow and world-renowned chef Justin Cherry to discuss his research topic, "The Impact of George Washingtons Mount Vernon in 18th Century …

103. Albert Gallatin, the Early Republic, and the Atlantic World

April 18th, 2019

0:32

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Sean P. Harvey, Library research fellow and associate professor of history at Seton Hall University, to discuss his research topic tilted, Albert Gallatin, …

102. Young Benjamin Franklin

April 11th, 2019

0:30

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Nick Bunker, author and 2015 George Washington Prize winner, to discuss his new book, Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. For more information check …

101. Constitution Making In Early America

April 4th, 2019

0:32

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with research fellow Dr. James Hrdlicka to discuss his latest findings on the origins and development of American democratic constitutionalism. For more information …

100. Remember The Ladies!

March 28th, 2019

0:35

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Woody Holton to discuss the 10th anniversary of his Bancroft Prize winning book, Abigail …

99. The National Bank Controversy

March 21st, 2019

0:35

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Eric Lomazoff, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, to …

98. Listener Questions!

March 14th, 2019

0:31

In this episode, Anthony King sits down with Dr. Joe Stoltz, Co-Director of the George Washington Leadership Institute at Mount Vernon, and Dr. Dana …

97. Give Me Sofas Or Give Me Death!

March 7th, 2019

0:31

In this episode, Dr. Joe Stoltz sits down with Adam Erby, Associate Curator at Mount Vernon, to discuss the newly restored front parlor room in the …

96. Jefferson's Daughters

March 4th, 2019

0:38

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Catherine Kerrison, a Professor of history at Villanova University, to discuss her book, Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young …

95. A Toast To George Washington

February 21st, 2019

0:34

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down again with Steve Bashore, the Director of Historic Trades at George Washington's Mount Vernon, to …

94. The Return of the Harpsichord

February 14th, 2019

0:29

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Library research fellow Dr. Joyce Lindorff to discuss her research on Nelly Parke Custis as well as the newly restored harpsichord that has been …

93. Frontier Rebels

February 7th, 2019

0:23

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Patrick Spero, Librarian and Director of the American Philosophical Society Library, to discuss his latest book, Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence …

92. Researching at the Washington Library

January 31st, 2019

0:26

In this episode, Anthony King sits down with Samantha Snyder, Access Services Librarian at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, to discuss the research operations at the …

91. Don't Just Lead, Revolutionize

January 24th, 2019

0:34

In this episode, Anthony King sits down with Dr. Joe Stoltz, Co-Director of the George Washington Leadership Institute at Mount Vernon, to discuss …

90. Growing Up At Mount Vernon

January 17th, 2019

0:33

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Cassandra Good, former Library research fellow and Assistant Professor of History at Marymount …

89. Gardening, Planting, and Landscaping Mount Vernon

January 10th, 2019

0:28

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Dean Norton, the Director of Horticulture, to discuss the gardens and planting operations at Mount …

88. Funding Mount Vernon

January 3rd, 2019

0:35

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Joe Bondi, the Senior Vice President of Development at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The two …

87. Lives Bound Together

December 27th, 2018

0:38

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator here at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The two discuss the …

86. School's (In) For Summer

December 20th, 2018

0:29

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Alissa Oginsky, Manager of Teacher Programs and 2016 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year award …

85. The Lady and George Washington: Female Genius in the Age of the Constitution

December 13th, 2018

0:23

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, to discuss …

84. John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

December 6th, 2018

0:36

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with author Richard Brookhiser to discuss his newest book, John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court. For more information check out our website at

83. Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders

November 29th, 2018

0:16

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Julie Almacy, Manager of the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program, to …

82. Thanks-Giving

November 22nd, 2018

0:26

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Anthony King, Library Projects Assistant at George Washington's Mount Vernon and co-producer/sound …

81. The Ultimate Lightning Conductor: Benjamin Franklin, Espionage, and Propaganda

November 15th, 2018

0:28

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with author and Library research fellow George Goodwin to discuss his latest findings regarding Benjamin Franklin, espionage, and the propaganda …

80. More Than Putting Objects On Display: Curating Mount Vernon

November 8th, 2018

0:29

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Adam Erby, Associate Curator at Mount Vernon, to discuss the his favorite …

79. Woodland Washington

November 1st, 2018

0:32

In this episode Dr Joseph Stoltz, sits down with Peter Stark author of Young Washington How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father to …

78. Jack-O'-Lanterns, George, and Sheep's Blood: Halloween at Mount Vernon

October 25th, 2018

0:22

In this episode, we take a spook-tacular tour of Mount Vernon's history, featuring stories and voices from across the ages. Happy Halloween from all …

77. How Uncle Tom Came To Be

October 18th, 2018

0:33

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Washington Library research fellow Dr. Daniel Livesay to discuss his recent book, Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race Jamaicans in Britain and the Atlantic …

76. 'A Deserving Brother': George Washington And Freemasonry

October 11th, 2018

0:30

In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Washington Library research fellow Mark Tabbert to discuss his latest research regarding George Washington and his membership in/relationship with Freemasonry. …

75. Happy Birthday Washington Library!

October 4th, 2018

0:39

In this episode, to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the opening of the Washington Library, current Executive Director Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with Dr. Douglas Bradburn, the former Founding Director of …

74. Rain Makes Corn, George Makes Whiskey!

September 27th, 2018

0:33

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Steve Bashore, the Director of Historic Trades at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The two discuss …

73. Eatin', Sleepin', and Thinkin' George

September 20th, 2018

0:23

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Ph.D. candidate at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Washington Library research fellow Krysten Blackstone to discuss her fellowship …

72. Honor Amongst Georges

September 13th, 2018

0:30

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Assistant Professor of History at the William Woods University and former Washington Library …

71. The Florida We Deserve

September 6th, 2018

31:04

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Associate Professor of American History at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Library …

70. Depressions, Recessions, and Panics, Oh My!

August 30th, 2018

31:28

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Scott Miller, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia and a former Washington Library …

69. The Lakota Values and George Washington

August 23rd, 2018

35:00

In this episode, Mount Vernon's Vice President of Education Allison Wickens sits down with Valerie Shull, a 23-year veteran teacher of the Douglas …

68. John Jay is Here to Stay

August 16th, 2018

35:34

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Associate Professor of History at the University of Northwestern St. Paul and former Washington …

67. Reading Dead People's Mail

August 9th, 2018

31:36

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Dr. Dana Stefanelli to discuss his role as one of the editors for the Papers of George …

66. How Do I Reach These Kids?

August 2nd, 2018

32:52

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Allison Wickens, Vice President of Education at George Washington's Mount Vernon. For more …

65. George Washington: Master Farmer

July 26th, 2018

30:32

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades at George Washington's Mount Vernon. For more information …

64. Who Interprets History?

July 19th, 2018

35:48

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Jeremy Ray, Manager of History Interpretation at George Washington's Mount Vernon. For more …

63. Confronting Tragic History

July 12th, 2018

37:00

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Mount Vernon character interpreter Brenda Parker to discuss the challenges of portraying and …

62. "[Hamilton] History is Happening"

July 5th, 2018

21:44

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Hamilton musical U.S. tour cast members Sabrina Sloan (Angelica Schuyler) and Nicholas Christopher …

61. Reflections on a Historian's Lifetime

July 4th, 2018

34:50

In this episode, Dr. Gordon Wood sits down with Dr. Douglas Bradburn, the President and C.E.O. of George Washington's Mount Vernon, to discuss Dr. Wood's fifty-three year career as a historian of early America. For more …

60. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

July 4th, 2018

28:25

In this episode, Dr. Gordon Wood sits down with Dr. Douglas Bradburn, the President and C.E.O. of George Washington's Mount Vernon, to discuss Dr. Wood's new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. For …

59. Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom

July 4th, 2018

33:13

In this episode, Dr. Douglas Bradburn, the President and C.E.O. of George Washington's Mount Vernon, sits down with author Russell Shorto to discuss …

58. First in Books, First in Peace

July 4th, 2018

38:14

In this episode, Mount Vernon's President and C.E.O. Douglas Bradburn sits down with scholar Kevin J. Hayes to discuss his new book, George …

57. Battlefield Office Politics

July 4th, 2018

31:01

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Washington Library research fellow Dr. Mark Edward Lender to discuss the Conway Cabal and the …

56. #SoulClave

July 4th, 2018

32:19

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Washington Library research fellow Iris de Rode to discuss the relationship between George …

55. Codfish Olé

July 4th, 2018

30:18

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Washington Library research fellow Dr. Elisa Vargas to discuss the early diplomatic relationship …

54. Where History Has Never Gone Before

July 4th, 2018

38:36

In this episode, Mount Vernon President and C.E.O. Doug Bradburn sits down with the Senior Vice President of Visitor Engagement Rob Shenk to discuss the challenges and opportunities of public history in the age of New …

53. How To "Be Washington"

July 4th, 2018

35:02

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Matt Briney, the Vice President of New Media at George Washington's Mount Vernon, and Joseph …

52. Feisty Fluid Free Trade

June 29th, 2018

29:01

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Washington Library research fellow Dr. Lawrence B.A. Hatter to discuss his topic, Negotiating …

51. Another Badly Behaving Woman

June 29th, 2018

0:32

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Washington Library research fellow Dr. Charlene Boyer Lewis to discuss her topic, The Traitor’s …

50. Patrick Henry And Jefferson Too

June 29th, 2018

0:48

In this episode, Dr. Douglas Bradburn, the President and C.E.O. of George Washington's Mount Vernon, sits down with Dr. Jon Kukla to discuss his book, Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty. For more information check out …

49. Transatlantic Gunrunning Playwrights

June 29th, 2018

0:34

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Dr. Larrie Ferreiro to discuss his book, Brothers At Arms: American Independence and the Men of …

48. Edward Gray

August 2nd, 2017

1:01:15

Dr. Edward Gray is Professor of History at Florida State University where he teaches a range of courses in U.S. history, Native American history, and the history of the Pacific in the age of Captain James Cook. He was …

47. Alan Taylor

August 1st, 2017

1:20:40

Dr. Alan Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He has written numerous books on …

46. Louisa Thomas

July 31st, 2017

1:14:19

Louisa Thomas is a graduate of Harvard University and former fellow at the New America Foundation think tank. She is also a former contributor to the …

45. Michael Klarman

July 30th, 2017

1:13:24

Dr. Michael Klarman is the Kirkland and Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. in legal history from the University of Oxford, …

44. George Goodwin

July 29th, 2017

1:10:54

George Goodwin is Honorary Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House in London, the world's only remaining Franklin home. He is also a Fellow at the Royal Historical Society, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, …

43. Erica Armstrong Dunbar

July 28th, 2017

57:48

Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware where her teaching …

42. John Steele Gordon

July 27th, 2017

54:42

Mr. John Steele Gordon is an independent author and historian who specializes in business and financial history. He has written numerous books on America's financial history, including "The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street: …

41. Zara Anishanslin

July 26th, 2017

1:03:02

Dr. Zara Anishanslin is Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware who specializes in Early American and Atlantic …

40. John Avlon

July 25th, 2017

27:45

John Avlon is is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the Daily Beast and is a CNN political analyst. His book "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe …

39. Kathleen DuVal

July 24th, 2017

52:32

Dr. Kathleen DuVal is the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on …

38. Laurie Halse Anderson

July 24th, 2017

51:57

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her first historical fiction novel, "Fever 1793," received multiple awards and is used …

37. Lydia Brandt

July 22nd, 2017

46:58

Dr. Lydia Brandt is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches the history of American art and …

36. David Hildebrand

August 1st, 2016

1:00:55

Dr. David Hildebrand is a specialist in early American music, teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory, and is an author for the …

35. Frank Cogliano

August 1st, 2016

39:27

Dr. Frank Cogliano is Professor of American History and Dean International for North America at the University of Edinburgh and is also a member of the advisory board for the International Center for Jefferson Studies …

34. Susan Dunn

July 31st, 2016

43:37

Dr. Susan Dunn is the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College and is the author of numerous history books exploring topics ranging …

33. Richard Brookhiser

July 30th, 2016

54:44

Mr. Richard Brookhiser is an American journalist, biographer, and historian, and is a senior editor at National Review. He has also written numerous books on the Founding period of American history. Mr. Brookhiser was …

32. Leadership Lecture with James Comey

July 28th, 2016

54:47

The George Washington Leadership Lecture was held on October 3, 2016 and features a conversation with FBI Director James Comey, who will discuss leadership lessons learned throughout his personal pathway to becoming the …

31. Lorri Glover

July 27th, 2016

1:02:41

Dr. Lorri Glover is Professor and the John Francis Bannon S.J. Endowed Chair at St. Louis University and was a member of the 2016-17 class of research fellows at the Washington Library. She discusses her book "The Fate …

30. Founding Debates

July 26th, 2016

1:29:56

To celebrate the three-year anniversary of the opening of the Washington Library, we joined forces with the National Constitution Center in …

29. Mary Sarah Bilder

July 25th, 2016

55:40

Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder is the Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, where she teaches in the areas of property, trusts and estates, …

28. Bruce Ragsdale

July 24th, 2016

57:14

Dr. Bruce Ragsdale has served as director of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center and as an associate historian at the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also a fellow at the Washington …

27. Ed Larson

July 23rd, 2016

1:03:58

Dr. Edward Larson is a University Professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is also a …

26. Michael Blaakman

July 22nd, 2016

1:06:06

Michael Blakeman is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale and was the Amanda and Greg Gregory Fellow at the Washington Library for the 2014-2015 academic year. During this Lunch and Fellowship Program, recorded on August 19, 2015, …

25. Patrick K. O'Donnell

July 21st, 2016

48:59

Patrick K. O’Donnell is a combat historian, author, and public speaker who has written ten books recounting America’s wars. He is an expert on elite …

24. Stephen Brumwell

July 20th, 2016

1:01:12

Dr. Stephen Brumwell is the author of numerous books and articles about early American History. He discusses his book "George Washington: Gentleman …

23. T.H. Breen

July 19th, 2016

51:02

Dr. T.H. Breen received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1968 and is currently the Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and History Department Chair at Northwestern University. He discusses his book …

22. Phil Levy

July 18th, 2016

1:03:54

Dr. Philip Levy is a Professor of History at the University of South Florida and was a member of the 2015-16 class of fellows at the Washington Library. In 2008 he won international attention for co-leading the team …

21. Alissa Oginsky and Kevin Casey

July 17th, 2016

54:29

Alissa Oginsky is a 6th grade U.S. history teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools and is the 2016 Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year. She …

20. Joshua Canale

July 16th, 2016

50:49

Dr. Joshua Canale is an instructor of history at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York and was a member of the Washington Library's …

19. Nick Bunker

July 15th, 2016

53:41

Nick Bunker is the author of "Making Haste From Babylon, a History of the Mayflower Pilgrims." A former investment banker and journalist for the Financial Times, he served for many years on the board of the Freud …

18. C.L. Bragg

July 14th, 2016

41:11

C.L. Bragg is the author of "Distinction in Every Service: Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall, C.S.A." and coauthor of the critically acclaimed "Never for Want of Powder: The Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, …

17. Lindsay Chervinsky

July 13th, 2016

42:36

Lindsay Chervinsky is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, Davis whose research explores how key government institutions …

16. Fergus Bordewich

July 12th, 2016

1:02:32

Fergus M. Bordewich has been an independent historian and writer since the early 1970s. As a journalist he traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa writing on a variety of topics. He also served …

15. Erik Goldstein

July 11th, 2016

41:27

Erik Goldstein is Curator of Mechanical Arts & Numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. After receiving a BA in Fine …

14. Colin Calloway

July 10th, 2016

59:48

Dr. Colin Calloway is John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth. He served for two years as …

13. Adrienne M. Harrison

July 9th, 2016

49:51

Dr. Adrienne M. Harrison is currently a Fellow and Consulting Historian with Battlefield Leadership, a consulting and training company specializing …

12. Chris Juergens

July 8th, 2016

57:33

Chris Juergens is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University whose research explores the German auxiliaries of the Holy Roman Empire which served …

11. Ricardo Herrera

July 7th, 2016

51:13

Ricardo Herrera is an Associate Professor of Military History at the School of Advanced Military Studies, U.S. Army Command and General Staff …

10. Francois Furstenberg

July 6th, 2016

37:21

Francois Furstenberg is an Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include the relationship between …

9. David Preston

July 5th, 2016

1:03:48

Author David Preston discusses his book Braddock’s Defeat: the Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution, with Washington Library Founding …

8. Paul Brandus

July 4th, 2016

44:37

Paul Brandus is an author, independent member of the White House press corps, and founder of the Twitter page @WestWingReport. He is also a …

7. Annette Gordon-Reed And Peter Onuf

July 3rd, 2016

44:09

Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed is an award-winning author and the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School. Dr. Peter S. …

6. Flora Fraser

July 2nd, 2016

47:49

Flora Fraser is professional writer and author of numerous historical  biographies. As a young woman she was employed as a researcher by her grandmother and mother. She co-founded the Elizabeth Longford Prize for …

5. John Fea

July 1st, 2016

59:19

Dr. John Fea is Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College and was a fellow at the Washington Library …

4. Trenton Cole Jones

June 30th, 2016

36:37

Dr. Trenton Cole Jones is an assistant professor of history at Purdue University and was the Amanda and Greg Gregory Family fellow at the Library …

3. Laura Auricchio

June 29th, 2016

50:09

Dr. Laura Auricchio is the Dean of Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students and of the School of Languages, and is an Associate Professor …

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