James Monroe Museum Acquires Revolutionary War Document

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The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library today announced the acquisition of a significant artifact from the Revolutionary War. The museum has obtained a furlough signed by then-Major James Monroe on February 23, 1778, at Valley Forge. The furlough is believed to be the earliest-known official document bearing Monroe’s signature. Support from the Friends of the James Monroe Museum was instrumental in purchasing the furlough from a nationally recognized documents dealer. The effort involved several weeks of negotiation and fundraising. “Securing such a rare and interesting artifact as this furlough for the museum’s collection would be good news under any circumstances,” said Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum. “To do so with the help of so many supporters is especially gratifying.” The furlough, or military pass, was issued to Second Lieutenant John Wallace, Jr. of the Sixth Pennsylvania Regiment, an infantry unit in the division of Major General William … [Read more...]

James Monroe Museum to Host Holiday Events

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The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library will host two public holiday events on Saturday, December 3, including a decorating demonstration at the University of Mary Washington and an open house and jazz concert at the museum. “Deck the Halls 2011,” the 31st annual holiday decorating demonstration by noted local floral designer Jan Williams, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Tickets are $25. Williams, who helped decorate the White House for Christmas for many years, is the owner of Jan Williams Florals in Fredericksburg. She will demonstrate how to craft unique holiday decorations from native evergreens and plants. Following the workshop, program participants will have the opportunity to take home her creations through a random drawing. The museum, located at 908 Charles St. in downtown Fredericksburg, will host its holiday open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The jazz ensemble from the Quantico Marine Corps Band will present a … [Read more...]

UMW Professor Emeritus Receives National DAR Award

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John N. Pearce, former director of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library and former professor of historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington, has been honored with the prestigious History Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The distinction, given for lifetime contribution to American history, is awarded to only seven Americans each year. Diana Wallace Perrussel, regent of the Overwharton Parish Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the gold medal to Pearce on Saturday, November 12 at the residence of UMW alumna Judy Barton who nominated her former professor. “Who deserves this award more than John Pearce?” said Barton ’93 who spent more than a year pursuing the nomination. She considers herself lucky to have been his student. “He’s so full of knowledge in all subjects,” she said. Pearce was recognized for his leadership of the James Monroe Museum and his long-standing devotion to … [Read more...]