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September 2, 2012 - 25th Annual James Monroe Lecture: "What We Know that Ain't So: Myths of the War of 1812."

Officers and crew of H.M. Shannon taking the American Ship Chesapeake (June 1813)

Officers and crew of H.M. Shannon taking the American ship Chesapeake (June 1813).


Don Hickey, award-winning author and noted student of the War of 1812, will deliver this year's James Monroe Lecture on Monday, September 24, at 7 p.m.


In this engaging talk, Professor Hickey will explore the leading myths and misconceptions of the war. A question and answer period will follow in which members of the audience are invited to challenge these views and to offer their own myths of the war.


An award-winning author, Professor Hickey has written six books and more than 50 articles on the War of 1812. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012) and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006). Don also serves as series editor for Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois and is a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska.


The lecture is co-sponsored by the UMW departments of History and American Studies and Historic Preservation, and the UMW Center for Historic Preservation. A reception will follow, and three of Don's books will be available for purchase and autographs.


Great Hall, Woodard Campus Center, UMW campus. Free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 April 2013 20:51
August 10, 2012 - Grant Will Fund Monroe Birthplace Improvements

By Betsy Ficklin, Westmoreland Journal Press

County Administrator Norm Risavi received notice one week ago confirming the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s June 20 decision to award $371,000 in federal Transportation Enhancement Program funds to Westmoreland County.  The monies will be used to create a timeline interpretive trail on the James Monroe Birthplace property.

 The Journal successfully reached Monroe Foundation President Bill Thomas after learning that the funding was approved. Thomas spoke enthusiastically about the latest site development project and prior efforts that include development of a visitor center that is open to the public each summer on Saturdays and Sundays.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:15
May 1, 2012 - Pictures of Monroe Birthday and Memorial Celebrations

Pictures are now available of the Birthday and Memorial Celebrations on April 28, 2012. Click Here for Birthday Celebration. Click Here for Grave Site Memorial.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 16:06
June 7, 2012 - G. Mark Walsh Speech About Norfolk Lodge #1 A.F. & A.M. and the War of 1812

June 7, 2012, Norfolk, VA - G. Mark Walsh, JMMF National Advisory Board Member gave a presentation to the Norfolk Historical Society explaining the relationship between President James Monroe, Fort Norfolk, and the War of 1812. Click here for video

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:01
April 29, 2012 - Dr. Henry Williams Salute to President Monroe Given on April 28, 2012


Dr. Henry Williams III, PHD


             “In this great nation there is but one order, that of the people, whose power, by a peculiarly happy improvement of the representative principle, is transferred from them, without impairing in the slightest degree their sovereignty, to bodies of their own creation, and to persons elected by themselves, in full extent necessary for the purposes of free, enlightened, and efficient government.”

 These eloquent and powerful words were spoken by our fifth President, James Monroe.  How prescient and eternal his message, a concept which continues to struggle for recognition in our time, a concept which tries man’s inclination to abuse power.  President Monroe was born on April 28th, 1758 to Spence Monroe and Elizabeth Jones in Westmorland County, one of five, in part of what became the First District of the Commonwealth of Virginia 254 years ago. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:16
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