Strategies of Interpretation Lecture Series

With the support of a grant from the Jefferson Trust, Highland will collaborate with the University of Virginia School of Architecture for the course “Strategies of Interpretation II: James Monroe’s Highland.” The spring semester class, taught by professors Lisa Reilly and Elgin Cleckley, will host a series of public lectures. These lectures by leading scholars explore topics in the re-discovery of the lost Monroe house, the legacy of the fifth U.S. President, innovations in historic site interpretation, and approaches to contested history in today’s world. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Each lecture will take place at 6 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Room 153, at the University of Virginia.
January 22, “A Forgotten Founder, James Monroe in the Nation’s Memory,” Brook Poston, Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University
January 29, “The Rediscovery of James Monroe’s Highland,” Sara Bon-Harper, Research Professor of Anthropology at William & Mary and Executive Director at James Monroe’s Highland; Carl Lounsbury, Adjunct Associate Professor at William & Mary; and Willie Graham, Architectural Historian
February 12, “Telling the Whole House: Race, Class, and Complicating Narratives of America’s Historic Spaces,” George Boudreau, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and 2018 Omohundro Institute/Jamestown Post Doc
March 5, “(Re)Making Narrative: Case Studies in Historical Interpretation,” Brent Ward, Managing Director at Riggs Ward Design; Elizabeth Chew, Vice President of Museum Programs at Montpelier; and Chris Danemayer, Principal of Proun Exhibit Design Consulting
March 19, “An Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums,” Frank Vagnone, President and CEO at Old Salem

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