Highland is pleased to offer virtual programming on a variety of topics. Programming will be offered via Zoom with a Highland educator.
Time: 45 minute presentation, 15 minutes for questions and discussion
Price: $100.00 per session
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Highland was home to the Monroe family and dozens of enslaved men, women, and children for over twenty-five years. During that time the United States fought the War of 1812 and expanded westward, the spread of slavery into Missouri threatened the union of the states, and Monroe’s declaration of foreign policy proclaimed the western hemisphere closed to European colonization. Participants will learn an overview of Highland’s story within the framework of these historic events, and see how continued research is shaping site interpretation.
James Monroe personally knew and corresponded with all the founding presidents: George Washington, John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Using excerpts from their letters, this program dives into the relations that influenced the politics of the founding era, and how those relationships changed over time.
New Exhibit Sneak Preview (limited offering through March)
Highland is in the process of creating new exhibits in collaboration with our Council of Descendant Advisors. The 1818 Presidential Guesthouse is currently being re-curated into exhibits that focus on the presidential years at Highland. Participants will take a behind the scenes virtual walk-through of the spaces, which will open in spring 2021.
Slavery at Highland
Highland was part of the national economic shift where demand for cotton in the Deep South outpaced demand from grain plantations in the Mid-Atlantic. Hear individual stories of the enslaved at Highland and their varied experiences. Learn how Highland is connecting with their descendants today.