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2009

Mary V. Thompson '73

Years in BERLIN:
  1964 - 1967
 
Education:
  New Dorp High School, Staten Island, NY (1973); Samford University, Birmingham, AL (BA, 1977); University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (MA, 1980)
 
I spend my day (job/position):
  Research Historian, Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Mount Vernon, VA
 
My Hobbies Include:
  Reading, watching movies, playing music
 
Sibling Brats:
  Robert Thompson '75, Laura "Betsy" Thompson '78
 
Partner:
  Anthony M. Bates '66
 
Pets:
  Geordie (West Highland White Terrier); Xander (kitty); Jerusha (kitty); Nathina (kitty)
 
Extra Stuff About Me:
  Click here for information on Mary's book.

Author of:  In the Hands of a Good Providence:  Religion in the Life of George Washington (Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, 2008)

Mary V. Thompson began life as an "army brat" and, as a result of her father's work as an army chaplain, was raised in a number of locations in the United States, as well as West Germany and the occupied city of West Berlin. She is a graduate of: New Dorp High School in Staten Island, New York (1973); Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama (B.A. 1977; History Major; Folklore Minor); and the University of Virginia (M.A. 1980; History). Mary has been on the staff at George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, since 1980, where she has gone from giving tours to 8,000 people per day, to managing the curatorial collection, to serving as the staff historian. Among her proudest accomplishments were curating the travelling exhibition "Treasures from Mount Vernon: George Washington Revealed"; doing background research for the 1999 re-enactment of George Washington's funeral; and ensuring that the enslaved community at Mount Vernon is remembered. She received the 2009 Alexandria History Award from the Alexandria Historical Society for her first book, "In the Hands of a Good Providence: Religion in the Life of George Washington" (University Press of Virginia, 2008). She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Tony Bates, an artist and poet. They have four "children": a West Highland White Terrier and three cats.