James Madison's Montpelier We The People Fall 2013 - Page 9

” —James Madison, Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788 James Madison, sitting at home with his books, quietly analyzing forms of government, is not the typical image of a national hero. He does not command the awe of George Washington or the celebrity of Thomas Jefferson. Yet Madison did more than any other individual to find a way to make democracy safe and enduring in America. At Montpelier in 1786, Madison envisioned a more perfect union, and he committed the rest of his life to making it a reality. - C. Sterling Howell, MA The Montpelier Foundation Sterling Howell has been with Montpelier’s Education Department for five years and has a leadership role in the development of the mansion tour and special interest tours, as well as guide training. He was a principal organizer of Montpelier’s current special exhibit “A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812,” and works closely with the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution in its partnership with the Kettering Foundation. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and earned his master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An Unlikely Partnership : Madison an