the Ship’s Company Chanteymen

The James Monroe Museum in October

by | Oct 4, 2018 | Events, History

Upcoming Programs

Friday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 PM
First Friday – Tavern Night
Location: James Monroe Museum
For the second year, the Ship’s Company Chanteymen will lead us in a boisterous night of merriment and songs of yore! All will be invited to join in the chorus or even lead a chantey or two! It is a great treat to see this jolly band of merrymakers who have been seen and heard up and down the east coast of the United States.
Admission and participation are free. There will be a variety of Virginia beers available for purchase at the cash bar!

Thursday, October 11, 6:00-8:00 PM
Discovering James Monroe: Archaeology at Highland
Location: James Monroe Museum
Virginia Archaeology Month provides the context for this program on discoveries under the soil at James Monroe’s Albemarle County farm, by Highland executive director Sara Bon-Harper.

Friday, November 2, 6:00-8:00 PM
First Friday Wine Tasting
Location: James Monroe Museum
The Monroe family lived in Paris during James Monroe’s two missions as American Minister to France, where he developed an appreciation for French wine. Join us for an exploration of French wines with City Vino from downtown Fredericksburg, and toast the 228th anniversary of Monroe’s success in securing Thomas Paine’s release from a Paris prison!
Reservations are required. This event is for ages 21 and over only. $25/person, or $20/person for Friends of JMM. Please contact Lynda Allen at 540-654-2111 to register.

Thursday, November 8, 7:00-9:00 PM
31st Annual James Monroe Lecture
“Dirty, Nasty Politics in James Monroe’s America”
Location: Monroe Hall, Room 116, UMW Campus
Dr. Joanne B. Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, will be the 2018 Monroe Lecturer! Dr. Freeman specializes in the politics and political culture of the Revolutionary and Early National periods of American History. Her new book, The Field of Blood: Congressional Violence in Antebellum America,explores physical violence in the U.S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War, and what it suggests about the institution of Congress, the nature of American sectionalism, the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy, and the longstanding roots of the Civil War. Her research on political combat provided background and inspiration for the song “Ten Duel Commandments” in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.
The James Monroe Lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Freeman and a reception. If you are unable to attend, please check our website the day of the lecture for a link to the livestream.
Reservations are not required. However, we want to make sure we have enough seating for this program, so please let us know if you will be attending.
Ghostwalk has been a tradition of the University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Club since 1985. This event takes visitors on an hour-long guided tour of downtown Fredericksburg, with stops at well-known locations such as Kenmore Plantation and Hugh Mercer’s Apothecary. The group encounters various ghosts along the way, each of them telling the history of the site.
Ghostwalk will be on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. Tours leave from the James Monroe Museum garden every ten minutes from 6:00-10:00 PM on Friday, and from 5:00-10:00 PM on Saturday.
Ticket prices are as follows:
$6.00 – general public
$4.00 – students, military, and UMW alumni
$3.00 – Children ages 6-12
Free for children 6 and under
Tickets can be reserved by emailing [email protected] or by calling
(540) 654-1315.

A letter from Scott Harris

Executive Director, University of Mary Washington Museums Member, Editorial Advisory Board, White House History Quarterly

One of the many pleasures I have experienced through my work with The James Monroe Museum is interaction with the White House Historical Association (WHHA). Founded in 1961 through the efforts of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the WHHA works with the Curator and other staff of the White House, the First Family, and a variety of federal agencies to enhance the public’s understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House.

Among the many functions of the WHHA is publication, since 1983, of White House History Quarterly, a journal featuring articles on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the White House, presidents and their families, decorative arts, political history (not contemporary issues), and much more. Last year I was honored to be appointed to the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board, which establishes themes for future issues, helps identify potential authors, and assists in selection of published content.

Many articles in White House History Quarterly are contributed by academic scholars, historians, museum professionals, and even historical figures with ties to the White House and those who have lived and worked there. Proposals for articles are also considered from people representing other diverse specialties and interests, provided the submissions are based on original research and are consistent with the publication’s editorial standards. Persons interested in having their work considered may use the Abstract Submission Form.

Abstracts are currently being considered on the following subjects:

  • Remembering September 11, 2001
  • Death and the White House
  • Gardening at the White House
  • Memoirs and Primary Documents
  • Children’s Books on the White House
  • Presidents with Military Service
  • White House Mysteries — Solved and Unsolved
  • Decorative Arts in the White House
  • Science and Technology
  • White House Photographers
  • The Presidents Abroad
  • Great Moments in White House History

Maybe you can help write White House history!

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