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.



Monday, February 20, 6:00-7:30 PM – Presidents’ Day Presidential Press Conference
Location: Monroe Hall, Room 116, University of Mary Washington

A discussion of leadership and civic responsibility with President Troy Paino of the University of Mary Washington, and President James Monroe.

James Monroe was inaugurated as the fifth President of the United States on March 4, 1817. President Troy D. Paino will be inaugurated as the tenth president of the University of Mary Washington on April 21, 2017. In celebration of Presidents’ Day, the James Monroe Museum is presenting a unique opportunity to have a discussion with both presidents on the cusp of their presidencies, looking forward to the path of leadership before them.

The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. A reception will follow.


Saturday, March 4, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM James Monroe Inauguration Bicentennial Celebration!
Location: On the steps of Monroe Hall, University of Mary Washington

James Monroe was inaugurated for his first term as the nation’s fifth president on March 4, 1817, ushering in what became known as the “Era of Good Feelings.” jay-harrison-presidential-portrait-smaller-file-size On this 200th anniversary of his first inauguration, the public is invited to witness Monroe’s inaugural address and the oath of office as administered by his longtime friend and occasional political adversary, Chief Justice John Marshall. The presidential party, including Elizabeth Monroe, will be welcomed by a color guard and the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Living history interpreters, including James “Jay” G. Harrison III as James Monroe, military reenactors and members of Regency Era organizations, will interact with attendees before and after the ceremony.

Free and open to the public.


Friday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 PM First Friday Curator Talk
Location: James Monroe Museum

JMM Curator Jarod Kearney delves into the collections of the Museum, and showcases artifacts rarely seen by the public.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Colonial Academy
Location: James Monroe Museum and Mary Washington House

Presented in conjunction with Washington Heritage Museums for students in 3rd-5th grades. There will be instruction and discussion on a variety of topics related to the Colonial Era, including reading and writing cursive, architecture, archeology, games, music, and more. Students will spend one day at JMM and one day at Mary Washington House.

Cost: $40/student for both days. Advance registration is required. Contact Michelle Hamilton by email or at 540-373-1569 for registration.


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

Scott Harris, director of JMM, will present “Revolutionary Idealist: the Life and Legacy of James Monroe.” Registration is required and will open one month prior to the scheduled lecture. For more information, please visit Mary Talks.


Thursday, April 29, 12:00-4:00 PM, James Monroe’s Birthday Celebration
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. There will also be family friendly activities, music, and refreshments.

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