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George Washington's Mount Vernon; Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington; George Mason University
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Women, sociability, gentility, gender, America, eighteenth century, Early Republic, American Revolution, George Washington, Martha Washington, Philadelphia
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About Me

Snyder is the Reference Librarian at the Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Her current project is a biography of Elizabeth Willing Powel. Snyder. She take great enjoyment from any speaking engagement, no matter how large or small. She will be featured in the upcoming George Washington docuseries, produced by Revolutionary LLC. Her most recent talk on Elizabeth Powel and George Washington aired on C-SPAN 3 in “The Presidency” series. She has lectured at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Mount Vernon, the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, and more. She has a forthcoming chapter on Elizabeth Willing Powel in the edited volume, Women in George Washington’s World, to be published by the University of Virginia Press in January 2022. She also has been a guest on the podcasts Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant and Conversations at the Washington Library. Samantha earned her MA in History from George Mason University, and her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Recent Publications

“You are Welcome to Eat at her Table: Elizabeth Willing Powel’s World of Philadelphia,” in, Women in the World of Washington, University of Virginia Press, edited by Dr. Charlene Boyer Lewis and Dr. George Boudreau. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, January 2022.

The Influencer,” in George Washington’s Mount Vernon Magazine, Winter 2020.

A Philadelphia Story: The 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic and its Aftermath,” in George Washington’s Mount Vernon Magazine, Fall 2020.

New Discoveries on the Powel Children, parts I-III,” blog posts for Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, Spring 2019.

Elizabeth Willing Powel”, Mount Vernon Digital Encyclopedia, Fall 2018

Warriors Saints and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin,” with Michael Edmonds, Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, April 2017.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States of America
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Women