James Monroe Museum Receives Donation for Symposium

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library received a $3,000 donation from the Paul Mesick Jones Trust, Walter Jervis Sheffield, Trustee, for “James Monroe: Life and Legacy,” a symposium to be held at the University of Mary Washington on October 18 and 19, 2013.  A joint effort of the museum and the Papers of James Monroe, the symposium will examine the historic legacy of the fifth president of the United States as it is presented at historic sites as well as in scholarly research.

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in downtown Fredericksburg, will host a symposium at UMW in October. Photo courtesy of Lee Brauer.

Monroe’s public career ranged from distinguished service in the American Revolution to two presidential terms. In between, he served in virtually all branches of local, state and national government, including diplomatic postings to France, Great Britain and Spain, and four terms as Governor of Virginia.

Additional support for “James Monroe: Life and Legacy” comes from the Friends of the James Monroe Museum and the Stewart Jones Charitable Trust.  For more information about the two-day symposium, visit http://academics.umw.edu/jamesmonroepapers/events/.

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington.  Founded in 1927, it is the nation’s largest repository of artifacts and documents related to the fifth President of the United States.  For hours of operation, directions, and other information, call (540) 654-1043, or visit www.jamesmonroemuseum.org.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.