James Monroe: Life and Legacy Symposium, October 18-19, 2013

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The Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum are pleased to announce a symposium on the life and legacy of the nation’s fifth president.  This event is a special venture for our papers project and we welcome ADE members to join us at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Our program is as follows:
Friday, October 18 – Lee Hall, Room 411

9:00AM – Welcome
9:30AM – “James Monroe and Historical Legacy,” Brook Poston, assistant professor of history, Stephen F. Austin State University
11:00AM – “Interpreting James Monroe at Highland and the James Monroe Museum,” Sara Bon-Harper, executive director, Ash Lawn-Highland and Scott Harris, director, James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
2:00PM “Music in the Life of James Monroe and His Family,” Katherine Preston, Bottoms Professor of American Music, The College of William & Mary
3:30PM – “The Enslaved Community of President James Monroe with a Focus on Loudoun County,” Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer, The Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA

Saturday, October 19 – Monroe Hall, Room 116

9:00AM – Welcome
9:30AM – “James Monroe: A Life in Portraits,” Daniel Preston, editor, The Papers of James Monroe
11:00AM – “The Legacy of the Monroe Doctrine: American Power and its Limits,” Jason Davidson, associate professor of political science, University of Mary Washington
2:00PM – Objects from the James Monroe Museum, including Elizabeth Monroe’s hair jewelry, James Monroe’s Masonic apron and a pair of dueling pistols gifted to the United States by Argentina during Monroe’s term as Secretary of State. Peyton Brown, Heather Marshall and Leah Tams, students, University of Mary Washington
3:30PM – “A Conversation with James Monroe,” featuring historical interpreter Dennis Bigelow

This event is free and open to the public, and does not require advance registration. Topics, speakers and presentation times are subject to change without notice.  Please refer to the campus map for directions, as well as parking guidelines. Conference inquiries may be directed to Heidi Stello (hcarlson@umw.edu).

About Cassandra A. Good

Cassandra Good is the Assistant Editor of the Papers of James Monroe at the University of Mary Washington. She received her PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of the forthcoming book Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic.
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