The Montpelier Foundation’s Board of Directors Welcomes Frank Qiu and Robert A. Leath

Communications Department

November 7, 2013 - The Montpelier Foundation announced the appointment of two new trustees to its Board of Directors: Frank Qiu of Richmond, Virginia and Robert A. Leath of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Election Day 2013: Thoughts from James Madison

Curatorial Department

November 5, 2013 - “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both."

The Future of Civic Education

Communications Department

November 5, 2013 - On November 3 and 4, the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier hosted a strategic planning summit with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, her iCivics organization, university presidents, and thought leaders from across the nation. Participants discussed how technology can be leveraged to reach both young and adult learners with the goal of inspiring them to be active, engaged citizens.

Student Field Trips at Montpelier

Christian Cotz

October 31, 2013 - Over 1200 students visited Montpelier on field trips in October.   Though every field trip to Montpelier is a unique experience, there were a number of classes that particularly stood out this fall.   

French Middle School Students Commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation at Montpelier

Caroline Godfrey

October 18, 2013 - French middle school delegation, hosted by Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia, visits Montpelier with film crew in tow. 

Montpelier, Home of the Father of the Constitution, is Open

Communications Department

October 8, 2013 - Not every national monument is closed. Montpelier, home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, is open. Furloughed federal employees offered complementary admission during the ongoing shutdown.

The Constitution: What Americans Really Know

Communications Department

September 18, 2013 - Montpelier celebrates the 226th anniversary of the U.S Constitution in nation's capitol at the annual "State of the Constitution Lecture: What Americans Really Know," hosted in collaboration with the National Archives.

226 Years Later, The Constitution Still Works

Kat Imhoff

September 17, 2013 - The Constitution is old—really old.  All of the men who spent the summer of 1787 behind closed doors in Philadelphia, debating and drafting, are like Roman demigods- and that is due, with good reason, to a reputation-lifting mythology that endows all of our founding fathers. 

Wrapup at the Field Quarter, Startup at the Mansion

Matthew Reeves

August 25, 2013 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department has completed excavations at the quarter for field slaves and has moved to a new surveyed at the mansion. We will be excavating at the area of the Temple Allee....read more!

Dolley Madison, First Lady Extraordinaire

Meg Kennedy

August 24, 2013 - On August 24, 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison fled the President’s House as British troops advanced upon Washington, DC in the War of 1812. Before departing, Dolley made sure that Madison’s important papers and a few pieces of silver were secured, as well as one of our great national treasures—Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington.

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