“The capacity of the female mind…can not be doubted…”–James Madison, 1821

Montpelier Staff

In September 1821, Albert Picket Sr., Albert Picket Jr., and John W. Picket wrote James Madison requesting his opinion of female education, particularly in light of a planned female college in Maryland. The Pickets asserted, “If it be worthy of national concern, to educate young men well, in all that pertains to their morals & intellect, it is no less necessary to educate females in an equally solid, if not splendid degree.”1

Happy Birthday, Mr. Madison!

Montpelier Staff

James Madison is having a birthday commemoration and you’re invited! March 16 marks the 261st anniversary of the fourth president’s birthday. We will have several opportunities for our visitors to mark the occasion.

Exhibit Tells Catherine Taylor’s Story

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In honor of African American History Month, objects once owned by Montpelier slave Catherine Taylor are currently on display in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery, joining archaeological objects from the recent South Yard excavation.

James Madison and George Washington: A Presidents’ Day Connection

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James Madison’s most publicized friendship is undoubtedly with his colleague from neighboring Albemarle County, Thomas Jefferson. Madison also found a companion and mentor in another founding father—George Washington. Following their initial meeting in 1781, the two politicos collaborated during the next decade to shape the new nation and its government.1

Montpelier President Resigns to Lead New American Revolution Museum in Philadelphia

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The Montpelier Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Michael C. Quinn today announced his resignation to become president and chief executive officer of the American Revolution Center in Philadelphia. 

“I shall honor my chisel with cutting his bust.” – Giuseppe Ceracchi

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In 1791, James Madison became friends with an unlikely companion, Italian sculptor Guiseppe Ceracchi (1751-1801) who moved to the new American capitol to carve a commemorative monument of the American Revolution. Madison, then a congressman from Virginia’s fifth district, lodged with Ceracchi at Mary House’s boardinghouse on the corner of Fifth and Market Streets.

“The Daily Show” Highlights Paul Jennings

Montpelier Staff

When Paul Jennings created his memoirs, he probably never imagined he would have an audience of millions. This is exactly what happened on last night’s episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” though.

Piecing together History

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The archaeology department  recently finished its field season in the South Yard and  just began an analysis of all the artifacts recovered during the nine-month excavation season. The analysis of the household items recovered from the South Yard will be very important for our overall archaeological study of Montpelier’s enslaved community.

“I hope this will find you…enjoying the commencement of a new year with every prospect that can make it a happy one.” – James Madison

Montpelier Staff

Christmas day has come and gone at Montpelier and like Christmas, New Year’s Day gave the Madisons and their contemporaries an opportunity to send holiday greetings to family and friends along with wishes for a prosperous and healthy year to come.

The Twelve Days of Montpelier

Montpelier Staff

As we count down the final days of 2011, we want to thank you for your support and wish you a happy holiday season! Your support made the “Twelve Days of Montpelier” possible.

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