November 26, 2013 - In the First Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, George Washington gave thanks "for the peaceable and rational manner” in which our Constitution was achieved. In great part, he was thanking his friend James Madison, Father of the Constitution.
November 23, 2013 - The past week, Montpelier Archaeology completed its investigations in the North Yard of the mansion. They spent the last three months looking for traces of the Madison-era fenceline as it approaches the Temple and planting holes for the Pine Allee. Our archaeologists succeeded in both accounts and made many more interesting discoveries along the way!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.