Exploring Monroe: Symposium Spotlights Nation’s 5th President

The Mosby Heritage Area Association will hold its President James Monroe Symposium on Saturday, March 11, at Church of Our Saviour Oatlands near Leesburg.

The program includes presentations by Scott Harris, executive director of James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, on Service Above Self: James Monroe as Model Citizen; Dan Preston, editor of James Monroe Papers, University of Mary Washington, on the Election, Inauguration and Early Days of President James Monroe, 1816-17; Sara Bon-Harper, executive director of James Monroe’s Highland, on A Change in How We See James Monroe: New Discoveries at Highland; and Gordon Kray, sculptor of the James Monroe Statue at Williamsburg, on the Physiognomy of James Monroe: Getting Closer to the Fifth President.

The event will conclude with a special reception at Monroe’s home, Oak Hill, which was built starting in 1820 under the direction of James Hoban, the architect of the White House.

The symposium will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Our Saviour Oatlands, 20340 James Monroe Highway south of Leesburg. The reception at Oak Hill will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $110 for MHAA Members and $125 for non-members and may be purchased at mosbyheritagearea.org/events or by calling 540-687-6681. Reservations are required.

James Monroe

A hot lunch, provided by the Building Fundraising Committee of the Church of Our Saviour Oatlands is included.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association has a mission of promoting preservation through education. For more information, go to mosbyheritagearea.org.

2 thoughts on “Exploring Monroe: Symposium Spotlights Nation’s 5th President

  • 2017-02-22 at 5:25 pm
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    I was really excited to read about a symposium for my favorite president! And then saw the ticket price…. Nobody is going to be “Getting Closer to the Fifth President” at $125 a ticket.

  • 2017-02-22 at 7:44 pm
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    I have been volunteering with the MHAA for the past 8 years as a first person interpretor and every one of these programs is wonderful and very professional. They are very informative and they are always sold out. You will get to hear some great speakers and get to visit the wonderful Oak Hill which was James Monroe’s home in the 1820s. This is a once in a lifetime event you should not miss if you are a lover of history.

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