July 8 – 14, 2012 Location: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Seminars


Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University


Professor Gordon Wood investigates George Washington’s contributions to the creation of the American republic. The bicentennial of Washington’s death in 1999 sparked a reassessment of this extraordinary man and his times. He was commander in chief of the Revolutionary army, a leader in the formation of the Constitution of 1787, and the first president of the new United States. Despite these great accomplishments, he remains strangely distant and inaccessible to us in the early twenty-first century. This brief but intensive course helps explain the sources and meaning of Washington’s greatness.

Please find below important information regarding The Era of George Washington.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:

Ellis, Joseph J. His Excellency: George Washington. New York: Vintage, 2004.

Wood, Gordon S. The Radicalism of the American Revolution. New York: Vintage, 1992.

Travel & Accomodations

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 two shared rooms. All rooms come equipped with linens, towels, and hair dryers. There is a washer and dryer on the premises.


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

Travel reimbursement

Each summer seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar.

Participants traveling internationally or from Alaska and Hawaii receive a $500 stipend in lieu of reimbursement upon completion of the seminar.

Applicants to seminars should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the $400 allowance is insufficient to cover all travel expenses.

Our reimbursement policy has changed from previous years. For more information on our policy click here.

Graduate credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State College to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers.

Teachers are required to submit a reaction paper and a copy of one primary source activity completed during or immediately after the seminar.

Teachers will also be given an opportunity to take additional online and distance coursework that counts toward an MA in History from Adams State College.

Enroll and learn more about the course.
For more details, please contact: Edward R. Crowther, Ph.D.

To ensure that your credit appears on your transcript as summer-term class work, you must enroll by August 3, 2012.


E-mail the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.



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