Daniel Preston, editor of the Papers of James Monroe, presents at conference in London.

Daniel Preston, editor of the Papers of James Monroe, presented a paper entitled “Sectional Reconciliation in the Aftermath of the War of 1812:  James Monroe in New England, 1817” at the conference “The War of 1812: Myth and Memory, History and Historiography,” held at the University of London July 12 to 14.  Preston also attended conferences this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland and Baltimore, Md. … [Read more...]

Lots of Monroe in the News!

There have been many mentions of Monroe in the news lately, and we've updated the "In the News" page of our site to include them! Friday, December 2 was the anniversary of the address to Congress in which Monroe first mentioned the policies that would become known as the Monroe Doctrine. As this article published by the think tank Foreign Policy in Focus shows, the Doctrine continues to be relevant to international relations even today. On Saturday, December 3, a New Jersey group re-enacted Monroe's December 25, 1776 crossing of the Delaware River. Although he is pictured in the famous Emmanuel Leutze painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware," Monroe actually crossed the river separately from Washington. The Coryell's Ferry Militia re-enacts Monroe's crossing early in December each year, to keep it from being overshadowed by the Washington crossing re-enactment on December 25. Read about this year's event here. And finally, James Monroe himself delivered the final lecture in … [Read more...]

Free Podcast on “James Monroe at the Battle of Trenton.”

Earlier this fall, Charlottesville-based historian Rick Britton gave a series of lectures entitled "Virginia History 201: Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, A Dynasty of Friends." His first was on "James Monroe at the Battle of Trenton," and it's been released as a free podcast by the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. You can listen to it, and the others lectures as they are released, here! … [Read more...]

Fort Monroe designated National Monument

We are excited to learn that President Obama has signed an executive order making Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va. the nation's newest National Monument (and the first in Virginia)! Fort Monroe closed as a military base in September. It was the site of the first slave ships to land in the New World. Later on, during the Civil War, it remained in Union possession and became a place where escaped slaves could find refuge. The National Monument designation has the potential to bring thousands of new jobs and millions of tourist dollars to the region. Read more at the National Trust for Historic Preservation's website, where you can also sign a thank-you note to the President for his action! … [Read more...]