• James Madison's Montpelier to Convene Law Enforcement Training on U.S. Constitution

    Caroline Godfrey

    August 29, 2014 - Montpelier will host members of the law enforcement community for training on the U.S. Constitution

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • David Marion, Ph.D., Explores Madison's Perspective on Human Rights

    David Marion, Elliott Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs

    May 13, 2014 - Hampton-Sydney's David Marion and international human rights advocates convene at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution to explore the Madisonian approach to human rights issues.

  • Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Ranks Third in National Civics Competition

    Caroline Godfrey

    May 1, 2014 - Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies of Richmond, Virginia places third in the 27th Annual We the People National Finals.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Building the Future of the Constitution

    Jen Howell

    April 9, 2013 - In 1961, a 33-year-old real-estate developer surveyed an expanse of land adjacent to Washington, DC, languishing in neglect and thriving only in its junkyards and cheap motels. I imagine this place being where criminologists came up with broken windows theory.  But Robert H. Smith looked at this area and he did not see failure—he saw opportunity.

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