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.


Friday, November 6: First Friday History Trivia Night

This year’s final edition of our popular battle of wits, with celebrity Quizmaster Gaye Adegbalola.  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.

Monday, November 9: 28th Annual James Monroe Lecture, “Working toward Stability and Subordination:  President James Monroe and the U.S. Army Officer Corps.”

Dr. Samuel Watson, professor of history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, discusses Monroe’s impact on the US Army in the aftermath of the War of 1812.  The James Monroe Lecture is made possible with support from the UMW Center for Historic Preservation and Department of History and American Studies.

7 p.m., Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center, UMW campus (relocated from Seacobeck Hall). Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing follow.

Read a UMW Media Relations article on the lecture.

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. We’ll unveil the museum’s new children’s book, Let’s Visit James Monroe, and a CD of seasonal music performed 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). Advance registration is required at 540/654-1123 or email

Sunday, December 6: Concert, “Music for Mr. Monroe”

The Colonial Musical Institute, the early-American living history musical ensemble of David and Ginger Hildebrand, will perform music from James Monroe’s era, featuring instruments of the period. Audience members will learn about the music, instruments, and social/historical context of the musical selections. A reception will follow.

2 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 116, UMW Fredericksburg campus. FREE, but advance registration is required at 540/654-1123 or

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