A Teacher Reflects on Montpelier

Sean Klaver, Colonial Beach High School
U.S. History and U.S. Government Teacher

July 30, 2014—Great educators are always looking for ways to improve their craft and for additional resources to bring into their classroom. Perhaps even more important, however, is the fact that most teachers are life-long learners who are driven by their curiosity and their love of the subject that they teach. In pursuing opportunities for professional growth, I was directed to a seminar in one of the most unexpected places: Montpelier, the home of James Madison. 

For Dessert: Lemon Bomboons

Kyle M. Stetz

July 28--  Find out what Lemon Bomboons are as well as what other recipes our interpreters prepared this weekend in the Demonstration Kitchen.

 

"There was before us..."

Kyle M. Stetz

July 21, 2014-- What food appeared on the Madison's dining table?  George C. Shattuck provides us with an answer to that question on a visit to Montpelier in 1835.  Continuing with our new series, "Menu of the Week," see what recipes our interpreters used to recreate Shattuck's meal at Montpelier. 
 

Expanding Our Search: More Excavations at the Southwest Yard

Terry Brock

July 14, 2014 - Our summer excavations continue their investigations of the Southwest Yard of the Montpelier Mansion, revealing additional features relating to Madison's 18th and 19th century landscape.

New Series: Menu of the Week

Kyle M. Stetz

July 14, 2014--From April through October, guests to Montpelier have the opportunity to visit three experiential venues around the site: the Gilmore Cabin—a freedman’s farm, the Hands-On Tool Tent, and the Demonstration Kitchen Tent.  The focus of this post, and future posts, will be to highlight a selection of Madison-era recipes prepared in our Kitchen Tent.  

 

Analyzing Animal Bones from Four Slave Quarters at Montpelier

Chance Copperstone

July 6, 2014 - Over the past ten months, Chance Copperstone, an Applied Archaeology M.A. student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, has been analyzing the animal bone recovered from the Stable Quarter, South Yard, Tobacco Barn Quarter and the Field Quarter.

Montpelier Focused on Africa's Success

Caroline Godfrey

July 4, 2014 - White House-backed group to study Madisonian concepts of government.

DC and VA Civics Teachers Convene at Montpelier for Professional Development Seminar

Caroline Godfrey

June 25, 2014 - Award-winning civics curriculum training at Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution to be led by University of Richmond Professor of Law Henry L. Chambers, Jr.

Discovering the Enslaved Diet: Analyzing Seeds and Charred Wood

Samantha Henderson

June 21, 2014.  This winter and spring Archaeologist Sam Henderson has spent her time analyzing plant remains collected from the three early 19th century slave quarters excavated at Montpelier as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

An Unexpected Turn: New Archaeological Discoveries at Montpelier

Terry Brock

June 9, 2014 - Last week, Montpelier archaeologists made an exciting discovery that  changes our understanding of the Montpelier landscape  and reveals new questions to investigate!

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