Help Write White House History!
by 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!
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.

If you were unable to attend one of our lectures or special presentations, like Gabriel's Conspiracy in History and Memory by Dr. Douglas Egerton, you can still enjoy them on our YouTube channel!

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 or by calling
( 540) 654-1315.
Friends of the
James Monroe Museum

Members of the Friends of the James Monroe Museum help make it possible for us to conserve the artifacts in our collection, create new exhibits for their display, and plan and implement public programming that provides opportunities to share the life and legacy of James Monroe with our community.

View the information about the benefits of membership, and learn how to become a Friend of the James Monroe Museum today!

What's In Store?
First Ladies
The First Lady of the United States is the title held by the hostess of the White House, usually the wife of the current President of the United States. Although the First Lady's role is not officially defined, she figures prominently in the political and social life of our great nation. Historically, if a president is unmarried, or a widower, the president would ask a relative or friend to act as his White House hostess.
If you would like to learn more about the past First Ladies who have helped lead our country, stop by the Museum Store. Enlighten yourself with fun facts from the First Ladies Placemats ($4.95), browse photos in First Ladies of the United States of America ($9.99) , and learn fascinating facts in the White House History Journal: The First Ladies ($9.95). Then, test your knowledge or quiz your friends with Women in the White House Knowledge Cards ($9.95) .
United States First Ladies Placemat
This laminated placemat features the First Ladies, the dates they served, and their relationship to the President (not all First Ladies were presidential spouses). The featured photos are, of course, those of our favorite First Couple, James and Elizabeth Monroe! The opposite side showcases all 45 Presidents of the United States.

First Ladies of the United States of America
This publication profiles the many women who have maintained the traditions of hospitality in the White House. They are brought to life with portraits in the White House collection.
White House History Journal: The First Ladies
This issue features the First Ladies of the United States of America with articles on the evolution of the Office of the First Lady; Lady Bird Johnson’s famous Whistle-Stop Campaign Tour; Lou Henry Hoover’s White House furnishings catalog (including her copy of our museum’s Monroe Doctrine Desk); Mary Todd Lincoln’s efforts to create a new understanding of the role of First Lady; and more!
Women in the White House Knowledge Cards
America’s First Ladies have served as role models in all phases of the country’s history. Some driven, some tragic, some widely beloved, and some publicly mocked, White House wives (and other women who filled the role) have rarely confined themselves to sitting around being gracious.

Accompanied by engaging historical images and presented in a Q&A format that is equally entertaining as a pub-style quiz or as a solitary read, Women in the White House explores nearly four dozen lives that turn out to be unexpectedly fascinating, often moving, and occasionally outrageous.

We hope to see you soon in the Museum Store! Remember there is never an admission charge to shop in the Store.
Curator's Corner
This month’s Curator’s Corner features a circa 1800 English tea box or "tea caddy" owned by Elizabeth Monroe. Mahogany-veneered with a handle on the top, the caddy features a lock plate with hinges made of solid brass. The interior is divided into three compartments and received a felt lining at a later point in its history. The compartments are the correct size to hold three standard-sized silver, ceramic, glass, or tin tea canisters.
Tea caddies were made extensively in the 18th and early 19th centuries in England in a wide variety of designs. They were smaller versions of their larger cousins the tea chest, and often featured exotic wood veneer and inlays. Tea was typically thought of as a medicinal beverage until the mid-18 th century, when it became fashionable as a breakfast beverage and later an afternoon drink for wealthy households. Because of its relative expense, tea was often kept under lock and key, and the caddies themselves became ornamental pieces.

Come see our tea caddy currently on display at the museum !
Museum Hours

Bring along a lunch when you're visiting the James Monroe Museum and enjoy it in a tranquil setting! The Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, and Sundays 1:00-5:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The James Monroe Museum
908 Charles St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401