University Calendar

Feb
1
Fri
First Friday “Sketchy History” @ James Monroe Museum Tickets
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
First Friday "Sketchy History" @ 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; historic 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.

Feb
18
Mon
Presidents’ Day Monroe Conversations @ University of Mary Washington, Monroe Hall, room 116 Tickets
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presidents' Day Monroe Conversations @ University of Mary Washington, Monroe Hall, room 116

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.

Feb
28
Thu
Black History Month Program – Florida Bound: James Monroe’s Slaves @ University of Mary Washington, Monroe Hall, room 116 Tickets
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In 1828 James Monroe sold of 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.