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 Feburary-June 2017 is available here.



If you missed our Presidents’ Day Presidential Press Conference on February 20, 2017 you can watch it here.


PhotographerThe James Monroe Inauguration Bicentennial Celebration was a resounding success! Thank you to all who participated, and to all who attended! If you were unable to join us an unedited version of the event is available to view here. Please note, the program begins at about 14 minutes into the recording. A photo album of the event is available on Facebook.



Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM), University of Mary Washington Mary Talks
Location: Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium, UMWscott-harris

Scott Harris, director of JMM, will present “Revolutionary Idealist: the Life and Legacy of James Monroe.” The foundation of Monroe’s political career and philosophical worldview was the American Revolution, which he saw as not only a struggle for independence from Great Britain, but also as a beacon of liberty and hope to the world. “Revolutionary Idealist” examines the life and legacy of James Monroe through period artifacts and illustrations, much of which is found in The James Monroe Museum. This Mary Talk will cover Monroe’s career, family life, and place in history while also offering insight into the UMW-administered museum that bears his name.

Registration is required to attend the lecture. For more information, please visit Mary Talks. If you are unable to attend, it will also be available by live stream.


Saturday, April 29, 12:00-4:00 PM, James Monroe’s Birthday Celebrationbirthday-2012
Location: James Monroe Museum

Celebrate the 259th anniversary of the birth of our fifth president with James Monroe! Join us for a book talk on the newly reissued The Autobiography of James Monroe with historian William Ferraro, and a presentation by historical interpreter James “Jay” Harrison III. There will also be music, and refreshments, including birthday cake! The schedule for the celebration is as follows:

  • 12:00-1:00 PM – Music in the garden and time to interact with James Monroe
  • 1:00-1:45 PM – The Autobiography of James Monroe book talk and book signing with William Ferraro
  • 2:00-2:30 PM – Cutting of the birthday cake, refreshments, and music.
  • 2:45-3:30 PM – Presentation on James Monroe by James “Jay” Harrison III
  • 3:30-4:00 PM – Interaction time with James Monroe and refreshments


Friday, May 5, 6:00-8:00 PM, “Sketchy History”
Location: James Monroe Museum

Join us for JMM’s version of Win, Lose or Draw™ on the First Friday of May! Practice you drawing skills and review your history books for an evening of fun team play. Categories to be used in the game are Historic People, Historic Objects or Documents, Historic Events, and Historic Places. Bring along a team or join one at the event. Family friendly, free event. Snacks provided, cash bar.

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