Calendar of Events


Saturdays, October 18 and 25: Yoga in the Garden

Teachers from Fredericksburg’s Healing Arts and Yoga Center will conduct outdoor yoga classes in the museum garden! Classes are appropriate for everyone from beginners on up. This is a great way to connect with nature, get energized for your weekend, and support the James Monroe Museum at the same time. We recommend bringing a yoga mat. The program allows us to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

There will be no class on Saturday, September 20. Join us for the Welsh Festival instead!

9 to 10 a.m., JMM garden. $8/person. Classes are drop-in; no reservations required!

Wednesday, October 22: From Monroe to McAuliffe: The Evolution of the Office of Governor of Virginia

This public forum on the evolution of the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from the era of James Monroe to the present includes The Honorable Gerald Baliles, 65th Governor of Virginia; Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies; and Dr. Daniel Preston, Editor of the Papers of James Monroe. A reception follows.

7 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411, University of Mary Washington. Free and open to the public.

Monday, November 10: 27th Annual James Monroe Lecture, “The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World.”

A fundamental component of Britain’s early success, naval impressment not only kept the Royal Navy afloat—it helped to make an empire. In total numbers, impressed seamen were second only to enslaved Africans as the largest group of forced laborers in the 18th century. Dr. Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University, will discuss how the controversy over impressment ultimately contributed to the American Revolution and served as a leading cause of the War of 1812. Followed by a reception and book signing.

7 p.m., Historic Dining Room at Seacobeck Hall, University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg campus. Free and open to the public. Campus map.

Saturday, December 6: Deck the Halls 2014

Jan Williams, noted floral consultant and decorator, begins the holiday season by demonstrating how to create extraordinary holiday decorations from native evergreens and other plants. Participants enter a drawing to win one of Jan’s arrangements. A breakfast of coffee, tea, and seasonal pastries will be served.

9:30 a.m. to noon, Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, University of Mary Washington. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Friends of JMM). Reservations requested at 540/654-1043 or

Saturday, December 6: “A Monroe Christmas” Holiday Open House

Enjoy seasonal decorations, music, and refreshments at the museum, immediately prior to the Fredericksburg Christmas Parade. Find the perfect holiday gift at the museum store!

3 to 5:30 p.m., James Monroe Museum. Free and open to the public.

Call 540/654-1123 or e-mail with questions about any of our events!