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“The Many Faces of Dolley Madison”

Lecture Program: “The Many Faces of Dolley Madison”

Montpelier’s Senior Research Historian will present an illustrated talk on the many roles Dolley Madison played in her lifetime. Following the talk, participants will have a rare opportunity for close-up viewing of several original objects associated with Dolley Madison, not usually on display.

Limited to 20 participants.

About Hilarie M. Hicks

Hilarie M. Hicks Hilarie M. Hicks is the Senior Research Historian at James Madison’s Montpelier. Hilarie came to Montpelier in 2010 and joined the Research Department in 2011, where she conducts documentary research in support of the Montpelier Foundation’s many programs. She served on the research and writing team for the award-winning exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour, and is currently writing biographies of the enslaved for The Naming Project on Montpelier’s Digital Doorway website. She is also a regular contributor to the website’s “Digging Deeper” blog. Her research interests include agriculture, livestock, and plantation operations at Montpelier, as well as the lives of James and Dolley Madison. Hilarie has served as a judge in the We the People student civics competition and has served as a board member of the Orange County Historical Society.

Hilarie has a broad background of experience in research, interpretation, and administration of historic sites. Before coming to Montpelier, Hilarie served as Curator of Interpretation at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens (New Bern, NC) and Executive Director of the Rosewell Foundation (Gloucester, VA). She is an alum of the College of William and Mary (B.A.), the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies (M.A.), and the Seminar for Historical Administration (now the AASLH History Leadership Institute).


May 11, 2024


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm




David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center
David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957