*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

James Madison and Montpelier

February 20: Who is James Madison and Why is He Important?–Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier since January 2013, will introduce course participants to James Madison and his world, and highlight his vital contributions to the creation and endurance of the American nation. February 27: The Madison Plantation from Mount Pleasant to Montpelier–Matthew Reeves, PhD, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration. James Madison’s grandparents established a plantation in Orange County, Virginia, in the early 1720s. Dr. Reeves will discuss the evolution of the plantation across the three generations of Madison ownership. March 6: Living at Montpelier from the Colonial Era to the Early Republic–Teresa Teixeira, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts. How did colonial Americans live differently from citizens of the early American republic? Decorative arts expert Teresa Teixeira will contrast the interiors and furnishings of the Montpelier house over the generations of the Madison family. March 13: The Material World of Dolley Madison–Elizabeth Chew, PhD, Vice President for Museum Programs. Dolley Madison is credited for her hospitality, personal charm, and invention of the role of First Lady. At Montpelier and in Washington, Dolley Madison used fashion, domestic interiors, and food in the service of her and her husbands political goals. Dr. Chew will consider how Dolley Madisons material knowledge contributed to one of the most famous partnerships in American history. March 20: African American History at Montpelier, from Slavery to Emancipation and Beyond–Christian Cotz, Director of Education and Visitor Engagement. Montpelier is committed to telling a complete American story. In addition to teaching visitors about slavery and the enslaved community during the Madison period at Montpelier, we have the ability to take the story of the arc of citizenship from Emancipation through the Jim Crow era to the present. Christian Cotz will discuss Montpelier’s complex connections to African American history. March 27: Our Guardians of Liberty: A Successful Model of Civic Education to Engage Future Leaders in Creating an Ever More Perfect UnionEmily Voss, Outreach & Education Manager, Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Emily Voss will introduce course participants to We the People, a cornerstone program of Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. April 3: The Future of America’s Constitutional Republic–Doug Smith, Vice President for the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. A rising, more diverse America is changing the ways we think about government, leadership, and the very foundations of our republic. After hundreds of hours of interactions with Washington Millennials, Doug Smith has words of hope and caution about the next, great generation, and the Constitution they have to tend. April 10: Tour of Montpelier with Reception.

Recommended Reading:

Stewart, David O. Madisons Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America, 2015. Allgor, Catherine. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, 2007. Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling. A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons, 2013.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A06 Elizabeth Chew Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10 Mo 2:30-4:00 p.m. Westminster Canterbury WL

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