James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

Upcoming Events at the James Monroe Museum

by | Jan 7, 2019 | Arts and Entertainment, Events

James Monroe: the Library of a President
Thursday, January 10, 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: James Monroe Museum

Have you ever wondered what titles James Monroe would have kept on his bookshelf? We have! Please join us as we explore the contents and significance of Monroe’s personal library through our newest exhibition, “James Monroe: the Library of a President,” and its accompanying lecture by Heidi Stello, Editorial Assistant for the Papers of James Monroe.

First Friday Sketchy History
Friday, February 1, 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: James Monroe Museum

Join the fun at JMM’s family-friendly version of Win, Lose or Draw™. Categories used in the game are historic people; historic objects or documents; historical events; and historic places. Bring along a team, or join one when you arrive. There is no admission fee to participate. There will be a cash bar and free snacks.

Annual Presidents’ Day Monroe Conversations
Monday, February 18, 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: Monroe Hall, Room 116,
University of Mary Washington
Join Ed Jones, former editor of the Free Lance-Star, for a “Meet the President” style interview with James Monroe (historical interpreter James “Jay” Harrison III)!

The program will be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet President Monroe.

Black History Month Program – Florida Bound: James Monroe’s Slaves
Thursday, February 28, 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Monroe Hall, Room 116,
University of Mary Washington

In 1828 James Monroe sold off a group of enslaved people to Joseph Mills White in Florida, who owned the plantation, Casa Bianca. Miranda Burnett and Martin Violette delved into records and found that Casa Bianca was not a typical plantation. The establishment of Casa Bianca in Jefferson County, Florida (near the town of Monticello) involved a President, two congressmen, a slave ship, and the richest man in America. However, the majority of the population living and working at Casa Bianca were enslaved men, women, and children. Burnett’s and Violette’s research uncovered the names of the families that Monroe sold to Colonel White, as well as details about their lives, successes, and losses after emancipation.

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