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June 22, 2011 U.S. Navy and OpSail will commemorate Bicentennial of War of 1812 and Star-Spangled Banner with major events in 2012-2015

Bicentennial of the war of 1812We remember our War Secretary James Monroe Monroe.

He, more than anyone else was credited with successfully prosecuting the War of 1812 as both Secretary of State and Secretary of War,  at the same time.  Monroe  was asked by President James Madison to serve as Secretary of War after the burning of the Capitol and White House in 1814.  Monroe's predecessor resigned after telling Madison that "the Federal City could no longer be defended."    

Click here to learn more about Operation Sail and the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:48
June 16, 2011 Monroe Foundation President at VA Capitol Bill Signing

 MonroeAt Capitol Bill Signing Ceremony relating to the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 on Thursday,  June 16th,  from left to right:   Delegate Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, Honorable Walter Craigie of James Madison's Montpelier, and G. William Thomas, Jr., of the James Monroe Memorial Foundation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:48
May 20, 2011 Scott Harris Accepts Position at James Monroe Museum and Library

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NEW MARKET -- If Scott Harris could be cloned, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation would endorse such cutting-edge technology.

Scott Harris"That'd be great," said Beth Stern, the organization's policy and communications director. "There aren't enough superlatives [for him]."

In Harris, the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park's director, the foundation has a worthy partner who recognizes the importance of the battlefield, can tell its story in a compelling way and attract tourists to visit, she said. That made Thursday a bittersweet day for Stern, as Harris announced he is leaving New Market after 10 years to become director of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library in Fredericksburg, beginning July 1.

"He's been really great at listening to partners and knowing that partnership is a two-way street," she said. "He's an example of the kind of leader that is important to have."

Harris' last day will be June 30, although he will continue living in Broadway until his daughter graduates from high school next year, he wrote in an email to friends and colleagues Thursday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:29
June 14, 2011 Ash Lawn-Highland Celebrates Independence Day

Independence Day 2011 at Ash Lawn HighlandAsh Lawn-Highland, home of President James Monroe, will celebrate America’s birthday July 3, 2011 with a day designed especially for families. There will be on-going demonstrations of nineteenth century crafts.  Bring a picnic and enjoy a day with the family. 

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2011 23:35
May 2, 2011 - Pictures of 2011 Birthday and Memorial Celebrations

Click here for pictures of the 2011 Memorial Celebration at Hollywood Cemetery, April 28, 2011.

Click here for pictures of the 2011 Birthday Celebration at the Birthplace in Westmoreland County, VA, April 30, 2011.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 01:31
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