James Madison's Montpelier We The People Spring 2017 Montpelier_WTP_Spring2017_FINAL-1-web - Page 3

TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 6 8 12 14 18 21 22 23 24 27 Highlights Bringing the story of enslavement from Madison’s time to the present A broad stakeholder Descendants Community helps shape interpretation Preview of The Mere Distinction of Colour Archaeology and architectural history teams build the past in the South Yard David Rubenstein reflects on the value of presenting a complete story of history in a democratic society Celebrating Madison’s role as an early environmentalist Center partners with the Commonwealth of Virginia on police training curriculum Claude Moore Hall offers exciting new opportunities for the Center Cornell Foundation’s generosity supports Montpelier’s programs, staff, and operations Calendar About the front cover: 12 members of the Montpelier Descendants Community helped extensively in the creation of The Mere Distinction of Colour exhibition through helping the archaeology team, visiting the House and South Yard, and sharing family histories, stories, and memorabilia. Read about the people who drove this work on page 8. About the inside cover: Archaeology and architecture specialists worked closely together to reconstruct the cabins that once stood in the South Yard; this is a view of the interior of one of the reconstructed cabins. Read more about this crucial process on page 14. Correction: In the Fall 2016 magazine, we overlooked attributing the photos of Polly May Ellis (1855–1929) and her father Squire May (1824–c. 1910), shown to the right, to the Clara Ellis Payne Collection. Many thanks to Ms. Payne for sharing these photos with us.