Rare Insider's View of the Home of the Father of the Constitution


Have you ever wondered what an insider’s view of Montpelier is like? The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier is offering the  chance to find out! Participants in the Center’s new evening seminar, “James and Dolley Madison and the Founding of Our Nation” will come to Montpelier, learn about the Constitution, tour the Madisons’ home, and see the latest archaeological dig through this rare educational experience.

Imagine standing in James Madison’s Old Library looking west to the Blue Ridge and the future, just as Madison did when he designed the framework of our Constitution. You can pace the floors where Madison once walked and imagine great ideas of your own.

The seminar will meet five Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., March 30-April 27, 2011 in Lewis Hall. Jim Walker, Montpelier senior guide, will lead “James and Dolley Madison and the Founding of Our Nation.”

The seminar will offer the chance to have lively conversations on a variety of founding topics including:

* The founding of our nation

* The founders and the roles they played

* The role of slavery in the founding

* The tumultuous years following the Declaration of Independence

* The Constitution and the ratification debates

* Madison’s executive years as secretary of state and president

* The Madisons’ retirement years at Montpelier and their legacy

Participants will also enjoy private tours of the mansion and the current archaeological dig site, which is in the midst of a three-year effort to discover and analyze the homes of members of Montpelier’s enslaved community. Participants will also receive a special copy of the U.S. Constitution and a copy of An Introduction to Archaeology at James Madison’s Montpelier, an in-depth guide to understanding the archaeological research being conducted at James Madison’s Montpelier.

Tuition is $50 per person and includes all seminar sessions, private tours, and study materials. You can register online , by phone at 540.672.2728 x201, or by e-mail at ssimpson@montpelier.org. For more details, please visit the Center for the Constitution’s Web site.









Montpelier Staff