James Madison's Montpelier We The People Fall 2013 - Page 19

conText C r o w d s o u r c i n g H i s t o ry ’ s M o s t I m p o r ta n t D o c u m e n t s log cabin workshop sunday, february 16 - saturday, february 22, 2014 Team up with Montpelier’s craftsmen in hewing logs to recreate an early nineteenth century slave cabin. Participants will spend a week learning authentic wood-working and joinery techniques that were used in Madison’s era.  For more information, contact Matt Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, at 540-308-2061 or mreeves@montpelier.org. The Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution has re-launched ConText, a groundbreaking tool bringing together historians, political theorists, technological innovators, educators, and the public to crowdsource founding documents. In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, ConText originally debuted in 2012 with a focus on James Madison’s notes on the 1787 Federal Convention. Today the ConText library also includes the U.S. Constitution as well as a growing collection of constitutions from other nations, international charters, and historical documents from around the world, with annotations and discussions provided by hundreds of contributors to help explain these important but often complex texts. The site provides a global nexus for diverse voices and has been visited more than 11,500 times. Witness democracy in action. Visit http://context.montpelier.org. c a n dl el igh t tours F r i d ay - S at u r d ay, D e c e m b e r 6 & 7 & 13 & 14 Experience the splendor of the holidays at Montpelier’s Candlelight Christmas. Visitors will learn about early nineteenth century Christmas customs and delight in wine, wassail, and live entertainment. Complete your holiday shopping with unique gifts from our Gift Store! E x h ibit In stallatio n a nd M a nsion Restor atio n J a n u a ry 2 -1 7 , 2 0 1 4 Montpelier will be closed for the first two weeks of January to allow curatorial and restoration staff to install new exhibits and complete interior painting and restoration work. Stay tuned for new exhibition announcements! M a d i son ’s bir thday s u n d ay, m a r c h 1 6 , 2 0 1 4 Celebrate the legacy of James Madison at Montpelier’s annual ceremony to commemorate Madison’s birth. Led by the Marine Corp Band and Color Guard at the Madison family cemetery, Madison’s grave will be adorned with dozens of wreaths, including one from the President of the United States. We The People Montpelier on the move d o n ’ t g e t l e ft b e h i n d S TAY IN F ORMED — G E T i n v o lv e d : Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamesMadisonsMontpelier Subscribe to We The People ONLINE, our monthly electronic newsletter at www.montpelier.org Attend a program http://www.montpelier.org/visit/calendar-events Take a course online at http://learn.montpelier.org/courses_and_exercises Make a gift http://www.montpelier.org/donate 19