Mount Vernon Partnership Programs

With the generous support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Mount Vernon and the Fairfax Network partnered to provide schools with engaging programs.

With the generous support of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Mount Vernon and the Fairfax Network have partnered to provide schools with engaging and free distance learning broadcasts. Previously broadcast programs are available on the Fairfax Network YouTube Channel and are available on DVD—free of charge—to educational institutions.

The free DVDs are in limited supply and were provided via limited grant funding from our partnership with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. You may request any two (2) free DVDs by sending your request on school, agency, or organization letterhead. Please indicate which two DVDs you are requesting, and include your telephone number and e-mail address.  Send your request to:

Faithe Smith
Fairfax Network
Fairfax County Public Schools 
Sprague Technology Center 
4414 Holborn Avenue
Annandale, VA 22003

Print the list of free Mount Vernon Partnership DVDs (pdf).

The Challenges of Nationhood: Presidential Perspectives
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Historical interpreters — portraying the founding fathers Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison — talk about the sometimes tumultuous relationships that they formed while founding the nation.

I Ain't No Three Fifths of a Person: Slavery and the Constitution
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Students hear the perspectives of key members of the Mount Vernon and Monticello enslaved communities to major events during the founding of our nation.
     

The Constitution and Executive Power
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Students and educators joined host Julie Silverbrook, executive director of The Constitutional Sources Project, and historians Joseph Ellis and Carol Berkin for an exploration of executive powers.

Inaugural Visions: Presidents Washington to Obama
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Our panel of guests looks at the presidential inaugurations from George Washington to Barack Obama and lead students in discussions on how Americans choose leaders.

Creating george WASHINGTON
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Students get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of george WASHINGTON, an orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds.

Nation to Nation
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

  • Recorded at the Oklahoma History Center, this program explores whether Washington’s Indian diplomacy and policies set the stage for 19th century American policy.

First in War: George Washington and the American Revolution
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

  • A panel of historians explores how Washington’s leadership was instrumental in securing American independence.
     

Primarily George
Audience: Educators

  • Educators from Mount Vernon, the National Archives, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Papers of George Washington highlight online primary sources.

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Cokie Roberts hosts this fascinating discussion of the struggles to establish a nation as seen through the eyes of our nation's first First Ladies: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison.

The Real George Washington
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

  • Hosted by award-winning journalist, Cokie Roberts, this program features Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough who shares his insights into George Washington’s significance in the founding of our nation.

Fractured Union
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Historical interpreters — portraying Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Mason — offer high school students a close look at the statesmen engaged in heated discussions.

The Real Martha Washington
Audience: Students in Grades 3-5 — On YouTube

  • Mrs. Washington’s incredibly full and vibrant life is portrayed by historical interpreters. The interpreters answers questions posed by the student audience and from e-mails.

Funding a Nation: Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton
Audience: Educators — On YouTube

  • Our first president and two members of his cabinet discuss and debate the ways and means of financing the government of our fledgling nation.
     

Seed to Table: Farming at Mount Vernon
Audience: Students in Grades K-5 — On YouTube

  • George Washington was an ambitious and practical man, whose passion was working on and improving his land. Students learn about George Washington as a farmer and a businessman. Teacher Guide

Hear My Story: The Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Historical interpreters take us back to 1792 and discuss what the new constitution will mean to the enslaved communities.

Shaping the Presidency
Audience: Students in Grades 8-12
On YouTube • Video (MP4) Download Request

  • Our panel of guests looks back at how Washington had a profound impact on defining the office of the president.
     

History Meets Hollywood
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

  • A panel of guests discuss what students learn about history through popular film, how those films are used by teachers, and the merits of “dramatization” as a way to depict history.

Slavery at Mount Vernon
Audience: Students in Grades 8-12

  • This program examines the lives of the enslaved community at Mount Vernon as well as George Washington’s changing attitudes toward slavery.

History Notes: The Music of Washington's World
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9 — On YouTube

  • Students discover the music of Pre-Revolutionary America including music written about George Washington, music heard on the battlefields and in the ballroom, and the traditional songs of African slaves.

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