James Madison's Montpelier We The People Fall 2013 - Page 2

We The People 2 Letter from the president Each year as fall approaches, we gather at Montpelier and elsewhere in the nation to celebrate and recognize Constitution Day, the day when James Madison’s genius and persistence bore fruit. The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, was a pivotal point in world history—the moment when the dominant form of government began to change from monarchy to democracy. Through the Constitution’s ratification, our nation truly was born of the people, by the people, for the people. While September 17 is a special day, perhaps every day in America should be thought of as a Constitution Day. As our esteemed panel reminded us at the 7th Annual State of the Constitution Lecture, while the Declaration of Independence is the Why of America, the Constitution is the How. As my first year as president draws to a close, I feel a tremendous sense of urgency and great opportunity to further secure the Madison legacy, expand Montpelier as an educational resource, and protect this historic national asset for future generations.   At James Madison’s Montpelier, there are many intriguing, beguiling, and interesting days. Whatever day is your Montpelier day—bonny spring, crisp fall, subtle winter, or glorious summer—please support all our days of learning, evolving, and sharing. Whether your interest is exploring the old-growth forest and wandering the grounds, picking up a trowel to engage in archaeology, or expanding your knowledge of our country, we are a place for you. Thank you! Kat Imhoff President and CEO