Lectures: James Monroe – Life & Legacy

The Papers of James Monroe and the James Monroe Museum were pleased to present “James Monroe: Life & Legacy” in October 2013 at the University of Mary Washington. Through 8 presentations given by 12 scholars, we examined Monroe’s contribution to American history, politics, foreign policy, music and the decorative arts. Selected lectures are available below.

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  • James Monroe and Historical Legacy,” Brook Poston, assistant professor of history, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • 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
  • Music in the Life of James Monroe and His Family,” Katherine Preston, Bottoms Professor of American Music, The College of William & Mary
  • The Enslaved Community of President James Monroe with a Focus on Loudoun County,” Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer, The Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg, VA
  • James Monroe: A Life in Portraits,” Daniel Preston, editor, The Papers of James Monroe
  • Objects from the James Monroe Museum, including James Monroe’s Masonic apron, a pair of dueling pistols gifted to the United States by Argentina during Monroe’s term as Secretary of State and a memorial ring for John Tyler. Peyton Brown, Heather Marshall and Leah Tams, students, University of Mary Washington
  • The Legacy of the Monroe Doctrine: American Power and its Limits,” Jason Davidson, associate professor of political science, University of Mary Washington
  • A Conversation with James Monroe,” featuring historical interpreter Dennis Bigelow

Sponsorship of the program was graciously provided by the University of Mary Washington, Papers of James Monroe, Friends of the James Monroe Museum, Stewart Jones Charitable Trust, Paul Mesick Jones Trust (Walter Jervis Sheffield, Trustee) and James Monroe Memorial Foundation.


  1. […] Additional support for “James Monroe: Life and Legacy” comes from the Friends of the James Monroe Museum and the Stewart Jones Charitable Trust.  For more information about the two-day symposium, visit http://academics.umw.edu/jamesmonroepapers/events/. […]

  2. […] The event is free and open to the public. More information, as well as a complete schedule of symposium speakers and presentation times, can be found at http://academics.umw.edu/jamesmonroepapers/events/. […]