Conversations at the Washington Library

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

Conversations is a production of the Center for Digital History (CDH) at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. To learn more about the CDH, visit www.mountvernon.org/cdh.

Recent Episodes

Sept. 22, 2021

211. Revitalizing Myaamia Language and Culture with George Ironstrack…

In the eighteenth century, the Myaamia people inhabited what are now parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. More common…

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Sept. 15, 2021

210. Winning a Consolation Prize with Dr. Abby Mullen (Summer Repeat)

Consuls are essential to American foreign relations. Although they may not be as flashy or as powerful as an Ambassador like Thom…

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Sept. 1, 2021

209. Reading Letters by Early American Women with Kathryn Gehred (Sum…

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

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Aug. 18, 2021

208. Harnessing Harmony in the Early Republic with Billy Coleman (Sum…

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

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Aug. 4, 2021

207. Offering George Washington a Royal Gift with Professor José Emil…

In 1784, King Charles III of Spain sent George Washington a token of his esteem. Knowing that Washington had long sought a Spanis…

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July 22, 2021

206. Promoting Joseph Smith for President with Dr. Spencer W. McBride

The American Revolution dismembered a protestant empire. In the years during and after the war, states disestablished their churc…

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About the Hosts

Jim Ambuske

Host, Producer, Historian, Author

Jim Ambuske, Ph.D., leads the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library. A historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World, Ambuske graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016. He is a former Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Law Library. At UVA Law, Ambuske co-directed the 1828 Catalogue Project and the Scottish Court of Session Project. He is currently at work on a book about emigration from Scotland in the era of the American Revolution.

Jeanette Patrick

Co-Host, Co-Producer, Public Historian, Digital Humanist

Jeanette Patrick is the Digital Writer and Researcher in the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library. Among her many responsibilities, she serves as Associate Editor of the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, manages the history and preservation sections of the Mount Vernon website, and builds engaging digital content. She holds an MA in Public History from James Madison University. She is a former Program Manager at the National Women's History Museum.