Episodes

90. Growing Up At Mount Vernon

Jan. 17, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Cassandra Good, former Library research fellow and Assistant Professor of History at Marymount University, to discuss her latest research on George Washington's step-grandchi…

89. Gardening, Planting, and Landscaping Mount Vernon

Jan. 10, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Dean Norton, the Director of Horticulture, to discuss the gardens and planting operations at Mount Vernon. For more information check out our website at www.mountvernon.org/p…

88. Funding Mount Vernon

Jan. 3, 2019

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 discuss the challenges and processes behind fundraising for the various proje…

87. Lives Bound Together

Dec. 27, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator here at George Washington's Mount Vernon. The two discuss the behind-the-scenes details that went into creating the acclaimed exhibition, Li…

86. School's (In) For Summer

Dec. 20, 2018

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 winner. The two discuss the residential programs for teachers at the estat…

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

Dec. 13, 2018

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 her latest research regarding Eliza Harriot Barons O'Connor who played a pivo…

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

Dec. 6, 2018

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 www.mountvernon.…

83. Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders

Nov. 29, 2018

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Julie Almacy, Manager of the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program, to discuss the impact of this life changing experience for students as well as t…

82. Thanks-Giving

Nov. 22, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Anthony King, Library Projects Assistant at George Washington's Mount Vernon and co-producer/sound engineer of the Conversations at the Washington Library Podcast. The two re…

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

Nov. 15, 2018

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 dealings i…

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

Nov. 8, 2018

In this episode, Access Services Librarian Samantha Snyder sits down with Adam Erby, Associate Curator at Mount Vernon, to discuss the his favorite items in the collection as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the process i…

79. Woodland Washington

Nov. 1, 2018

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 discuss Washington's early career and its impact on his life. For more inform…

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

Oct. 25, 2018

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 of us here at Mount Vernon! For more information check out our website at w…

77. How Uncle Tom Came To Be

Oct. 18, 2018

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 Famil…

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

Oct. 11, 2018

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. For mor…

75. Happy Birthday Washington Library!

Oct. 4, 2018

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 the L…

74. Rain Makes Corn, George Makes Whiskey!

Sept. 27, 2018

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 the history and operations at the Distillery & Gristmill, including the po…

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

Sept. 20, 2018

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 experie…

72. Honor Amongst Georges

Sept. 13, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Assistant Professor of History at the William Woods University and former Washington Library research fellow Dr. Craig Bruce Smith to discuss his new book, American Honor: Th…

71. The Florida We Deserve

Sept. 6, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Associate Professor of American History at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Library research fellow Robert Paulett to discuss his research regarding maps and the…

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

Aug. 30, 2018

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 research fellow, to discuss his latest findings regarding the economy of the ear…

69. The Lakota Values and George Washington

Aug. 23, 2018

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 School District in Box Elder, South Dakota and current Oceti Sakowin Essentia…

68. John Jay is Here to Stay

Aug. 16, 2018

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Associate Professor of History at the University of Northwestern St. Paul and former Washington Library research fellow Dr. Jonathan Den Hartog to discuss his findings on Joh…

67. Reading Dead People's Mail

Aug. 9, 2018

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 Washington Project. For more information check out our website at www.mountvernon.org/p…