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.
Thursday, March 12: Third Annual Women’s History Month Lecture: “Never Caught: The President’s Runaway Slave Woman”
A talk by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Associate Professor of Black American Studies & History at the University of Delaware, on the fascinating life of Ona Judge Staines – former slave to George and Martha Washington – who took her freedom once she fled from the President’s House in May of 1796. “Never Caught” will examine the complexity of race, gender, and emancipation following the years of the American Revolution up through antebellum America.
Professor Dunbar is also Director of the program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
7 p.m., Historic Dining Room at Seacobeck, UMW Fredericksburg campus. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 25: James Monroe Birthday Celebration
We will celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth with cake, punch, live music, and family-friendly activities in the James Monroe Museum garden!
1 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Free and open to the public.
First Fridays, May through October: History Trivia Night
Monthly history quiz nights hosted by celebrity guests! Cash bar, snacks, and 50/50 raffle. Prizes awarded for first, second, and last place.
6-8 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 16: “James Monroe’s Fredericksburg” Walking Tour
Explore Fredericksburg as Monroe knew it with G. Scott Walker, director of Hallowed Ground Tours! Tour starts at 301 Caroline Street, the home where the Monroe family lived, with stops at Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4 and St. George’s Episcopal Church, ending with a reception at the museum. This program is co-sponsored by the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
1 p.m., 301 Caroline Street. $25/person ($15/Friends of JMM or Members of HFFI). Advance registration is required at 540/654-1043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 28: Elizabeth Monroe Birthday Celebration
We will celebrate the birthday of the beautiful Elizabeth Monroe with an elegant afternoon tea and conversation with Mrs. Monroe’s good friend Rosalie Stier Calvert (portrayed by Mary Ann Jung)! Rosalie will share her experience of domestic life in the Federal period and her friendship with the Monroe family.
2 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Admission is $25/person ($22/Friends of JMM). Advance registration is required at 540/654-1123 or email@example.com.
Monday-Tuesday, July 6-7: Major Monroe’s History Camp
Enlist now in this two-day hands-on history camp for boys and girls ages 7-12! Features games, crafts, demonstrations, and tours that introduce children to life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Light refreshments will be served (no lunch).
9 a.m. to noon, James Monroe Museum Garden. $40/child. Please register at 540/654-2112 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30.
Saturday, September 19: UMW Family Weekend
Special museum events for UMW Family Weekend attendees. Details TBA!
Saturday, October 3: Concert, “Music for Mr. Monroe”
The Colonial Music Institute, the early-American living history musical ensemble of David and Ginger Hillenbrand, will perform a concert of music from James Monroe’s era in the museum garden, featuring instruments of the period. Audience members will enjoy the performance and learn about the music, instruments, and social/historical context of the musical selections. A reception will follow.
2 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. $15/person ($12/Friends of JMM). Advance registration is required at 540/654-1123 or email@example.com.
Monday, November 9: 28th Annual James Monroe Lecture, “Working toward Stability and Subordination: President James Monroe and the U.S. Army Officer Corps.”
Samuel Watson, professor of history at the United States Military Academy West Point, will deliver the annual James Monroe Lecture. A reception will follow. The James Monroe Lecture is co-sponsored with the UMW Center for Historic Preservation and the UMW Department of History and American Studies.
7 p.m., Historic Dining Room at Seacobeck, UMW campus. Free and open to the public.
Friday, December 4: “A Monroe Christmas” Holiday Open House
Join the staff of the museum for cider and cookies and view a special exhibit about the celebration of Christmas during Monroe’s time. Enjoy seasonal music performed on the harp and on the Monroe family’s Astor pianoforte.
6 to 8 p.m., James Monroe Museum. Free and open to the public!
Saturday, December 5: “Deck the Halls 2015″
Jan Williams demonstrates how to craft unique decorations from local evergreens and flora in this entertaining and inspiring annual presentation. Participants enter a raffle to take home one of Jan’s beautiful natural decorations. A breakfast of coffee and seasonal breads will be served.
9:30 a.m. to noon, Monroe Hall, Room 116, UMW Fredericksburg campus. $30/person ($25/Friends of JMM). RSVP required at 540/654-1043.
Call 540/654-1123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about any of our events!