The grand opening date for Mount Vernon's The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington will take place Friday, Sept. 27. The multi-faceted facility will disseminate knowledge about George Washington using cutting-edge technology and various approaches to grow Mount Vernon's national network of George Washington experts and enthusiasts.
"No president in American history deserves the honor of an official library more than our first chief executive – nor is there a better story to tell," said Curt Viebranz , Mount Vernon president in a press release. "This Library will share Washington's leadership lessons for generations to come."
Mount Vernon's special collection of books, manuscripts, and archival materials will be organized, conserved and made available to researchers in the 45,000-square-foot Library. Destined to be a George Washington 'think tank,' this long-overdue initiative will maintain Washington's importance and relevance in a fast-changing world, when his standards of leadership are needed more than ever.
The Library will also serve as a scholarly retreat, a center for educational outreach programs, and a go-to source for seminars and training programs with a special focus on Washington's leadership. Visiting scholars, authors, and interns will have the option to stay in a 6,000-square-foot residence, located next to the Library. Mount Vernon's inaugural class of fellows has been selected and will be in residence this fall.
A $100 million campaign was created by George Washington 's Mount Vernon to establish this stunning, state-of-the-art facility at the picturesque and historic estate.
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