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Investigate the context and meaning of George Washington’s life and legacy, from his leadership as commander in chief of the Revolutionary Army to his role as the first president of the United States.


Denver Brunsman, Associate Professor of History, The George Washington University


Of all the illustrious figures involved in the creation of the American nation, George Washington was by far the greatest. Not only was he the commander in chief of the Revolutionary army, but he was also a leading figure in the formation of the Constitution of 1787, and of course, he became the first president of the new United States. Yet despite these great accomplishments he still remains strangely distant and inaccessible to us in the early twenty-first century. In our investigation of Washington’s life, we will explore the context and meaning of his greatness.

Travel & Accommodations

Mount Vernon is located 16 miles south of Washington, DC, and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at the southern terminus of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. There are several options for traveling to and from Mount Vernon.

The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located approximately 25 minutes from Mount Vernon. Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, VA, is an approximate 45-minute commute to Alexandria.

Amtrak provides service directly into Alexandria, Virginia, about a 15-minute cab ride from Mount Vernon.

Participants will be housed in the Quarters on the Estate. Due to space limitations, we will hold a “lottery” to assign some shared rooms. All rooms come equipped with linens, towels, and hair dryers. There is a washer and dryer on the premises.

Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.


Meals will be served at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel reimbursement

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.

Graduate credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.



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July 2nd, 2017 5:00 PM   through   July 8th, 2017 9:00 AM
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, VA
United States

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2017 Teacher Seminar Registration $75.00

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