James Monroe Museum to Host Forum on Virginia Governors

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The James Monroe Museum and Library will host a public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22 that focuses on the development of the role of Governor in Virginia since 1799. “From Monroe to McAuliffe: The Evolution of the Office of Governor of Virginia” will trace the history of the Virginia governorship and analyze the development of the office from the time James Monroe held the title to today. … [Read more...]

James Monroe Museum to Join National Sing-Along, June 14

The James Monroe Museum will hold a "Raise it Up!" party on Flag Day.
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On Saturday, June 14, the James Monroe Museum will join the largest group sing-along of the national anthem in history, as part of the National Museum of American History’s “Raise It Up! Anthem for America” celebration. … [Read more...]

UMW to Host James Monroe Life and Legacy Symposium

Leigh Tams (right) is one of the UMW students who will present at the James Monroe symposium. She is pictured with Jarod Kearney, curator of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library.

The University of Mary Washington will host “James Monroe: Life and Legacy,” a two-day symposium presented by The Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library. … [Read more...]

Two UMW-Affiliated Museums Welcome Military This Summer

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This summer, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and the James Monroe Memorial Museum and Library will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families as part of a nationwide initiative. … [Read more...]

James Monroe Museum Receives Donation for Symposium

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

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.  … [Read more...]

James Monroe Museum Endorses Healthy Living

The James Monroe Museum will hold yoga classes in its garden as part of the "Let's Move!" Initiative. Photo courtesy of Lee Brauer.

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens” initiative to fight against child obesity. The museum will offer drop-in yoga classes in its garden on Saturday mornings in May and June. … [Read more...]

C-SPAN Show Features James Monroe Museum

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An episode of C-SPAN’s new series “First Ladies: Influence and Image” features the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library. The episode, which aired on C-SPAN on Monday, March 18 at 9 p.m., focuses on First Lady Elizabeth Monroe. The episode includes interviews with Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum, and Daniel Preston, editor of the Papers of James Monroe, as well as footage of the museum. The two-year series examines the private lives of the First Ladies as well as the public roles they played in the White House. The series is produced in cooperation with the White House Historical Association and is the first comprehensive biography series on all of the First Ladies produced for television. 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 … [Read more...]

James Monroe Museum Hosts Holiday Events

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The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library hosted two public holiday events on Saturday, Dec. 1, including a decorating demonstration at the University of Mary Washington and an open house featuring festive musical performances at the museum. … [Read more...]

Museum Receives Gift from Stewart Jones Trust

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The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library has received a $4,000 gift from the Stewart Jones Charitable Trust. The donation will be applied to costs associated with the museum’s public programs in 2013, according to museum director Scott Harris. A native of Stafford County, Va., Helen Stewart Jones graduated from Mary Washington in 1936, received a master’s degree in 1950 from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in education from American University in 1970. Throughout her life and career, Jones was dedicated to educating young people at all levels and to preserving historic sites, buildings and history in general. Active in many local historical and preservation organizations, she was a Life Member of the Friends of the James Monroe Museum, a designation for those who rendered outstanding service to the museum through their financial support and acts of service. In 1991, the University of Mary Washington honored Jones with the Distinguished Alumna Award. “The James … [Read more...]

Virginia’s Executive Mansion Unveils James Monroe Museum’s Portrait

Art handlers from Ely, Inc. and staff members from the Executive Mansion and the Library of Virginia installed the portrait in February

Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond has a new addition – an almost 200-year-old painting on loan from the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library. A portrait of James Monroe will reside in the State Dining Room of the Executive Mansion for two years to commemorate the bicentennial of the building’s construction in 2013. On Thursday, June 21, Gov. Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell formally unveiled the Rembrandt Peale portrait in a private reception. Members of the James Monroe Museum staff, including Director Scott Harris and Curator Jarod Kearney, were on-hand to help install the portrait in February. “The process of transporting and installing the painting was carried out flawlessly by personnel from our art handlers, Ely, Inc., and staff at the Executive Mansion,” Harris said. “Peale’s portrait of Monroe is at a near life-size scale, and with its frame is quite heavy. Once it was in place, First Lady Maureen McDonnell texted the Governor, who was at the … [Read more...]