In the Spirit of the People – James Monroe’s 1817 Presidential Tour

traveling-exhibit-in-the-spirit-of-the-people-panel-1_intro_3-low-res-1In the Spirit of the People is a joint project of the Museum and the Papers of James Monroe prepared by museum studies students at the University of Mary Washington. This exhibit of eleven vinyl panels commemorates the bicentennial of President Monroe’s first national tour, highlighting his visits to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Detroit, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania. The exhibit will travel to selected venues along the presidential tour route beginning this spring.


Interactive Map: Visit the interactive story map, an online complement to our In the Spirit of the People traveling exhibit. Find your town on the map and see what James Monroe did while visiting there in 1817!


The map is a product of the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Geography and Department of Historic Preservation, working alongside the Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum.

Educational Resources: Learn more about James Monroe’s life and legacy with our online resources; lesson plans, a chronology of Monroe’s life, articles, and even some trivia about James Monroe!

Quiz: Test your knowledge of James Monroe with our online quiz!

Follow President Monroe’s Tweets from the road, and during his presidency!

In the Spirit of the People tour panels:

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