Calendar of Events

The museum’s special events are supported by the H. Stewart Jones Charitable Trust; the Paul and Jane Jones Trust, Walter Jervis Sheffield, Trustee; the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation; the James Monroe Memorial Foundation; and the Friends of the James Monroe Museum.

An electronic version of our Public Programs schedule for 2018 is available here. For recordings of past programs please visit our YouTube channel.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are free and open to the public.




Friday, February 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
First Friday – Threads of History: Elizabeth Monroe’s Wedding Dress

Location: James Monroe Museum

Elizabeth Kortright married James Monroe on February 16, 1786. The James Monroe Museum’s collection has several gowns worn by Elizabeth Monroe (1768-1830). One of the gowns is made of elaborately brocaded silk damask, while another is a pink silk taffeta. Both dresses had family histories identifying each as Mrs. Monroe’s wedding dress. Textile historians Newbold Richardson, and Colleen Callahan conserved both gowns for the Musuem, and delved into their histories to determine which gown was more likely to have been the wedding dress Elizabeth Kortright wore on the day she married a future president. Ms. Callahan will present the conclusions they reached regarding the history of the gowns, their conservation stabilization, and display in 18th-century configurations.


Monday, February 19, 6:00-8:00 PM
Presidents’ Day Presidential Press Conference with James Monroe and James Madison

Location: Monroe Hall, room 116, University of Mary Washington Campus

A new annual event sponsored by The James Monroe Musuem featuring discussion between James Monroe and other historical figures. This year features a conversation between presidents Monroe and Madison (James “Jay” G. Harrison III, and John Douglas Hall), reflecting on their longtime friendship, their roles as president, and their part in the founding of our nation.

The conversation will be moderated by Scott Harris Director of The James Monroe Museum. Questions can be submitted by the audience in writing at the event. The program will be livestreamed courtesy of the University of Mary Washington.


Thursday, February 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
Gabriel’s Rebellion

Location: Monroe Hall, room 116, University of Mary Washington Campus

In observance of Black History Month, Dr. Douglas Egerton, Professor of History; Early American and 19th-Century U.S. at Le Moyne College, discusses the slave rebellion led by Gabriel Prosser in 1800 while James Monroe was governor of Virginia.




Call 540/654-2111 or e-mail Lynda Allen with questions about any of our events!