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.
August 25, 2013 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department has completed excavations at the quarter for field slaves and has moved to a new surveyed at the mansion. We will be excavating at the area of the Temple Allee....read more!
August 24, 2013 - On August 24, 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison fled the President’s House as British troops advanced upon Washington, DC in the War of 1812. Before departing, Dolley made sure that Madison’s important papers and a few pieces of silver were secured, as well as one of our great national treasures—Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington.
July 2, 2013 - Two small paintings with a mysterious past are now on display in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery at James Madison’s Montpelier. Our extensive research project, the Presidential Detective Story, have put together the clues to unpack “The Case of the List and the Landscapes.”