Historic Mount Vernon Launches New Digital Encyclopedia

The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington covers many aspects of Washington's life and the history of the Mount Vernon Estate.

Historic Mount Vernon has launched a new digital educational initiative, The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington.

The online encyclopedia focuses on Washington’s life and experiences, while also covering the Mount Vernon estate, its history, and preservation, according to a statement issued by the Mount Vernon Estate. The encyclopedia was developed over the course of one year as an initiative of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, slated to open fall 2013.

“The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington is an excellent opportunity to provide the public with engaging content on the life and legacy of Washington,” the encyclopedia’s editor, Adam D. Shprintzen, said in a release.  “I have been truly fortunate to work with an impressive mix of both established and burgeoning scholars, and I look forward to growing the encyclopedia and its resources.”

The encyclopedia includes 300 entries, but the number will be doubled by next summer. Entries are written by a diverse mix of established and burgeoning scholars, Mount Vernon staff, and experts, according to the Mount Vernon Estate. Primary source materials, including objects and letters, are integrated throughout the encyclopedia. 

The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington can be accessed online.


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