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James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg, Virginia

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the largest repository in the country for artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States. The museum was first opened in 1927 by Monroe descendants as a place to house their own personal collections, which had been handed down through generations of the family. Eventually, the museum and its extensive collections were turned over to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the museum is now administered by the University of Mary Washington.

The museum belongs to the American Association of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Virginia Association of Museums. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.  (Source:  James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library website)

Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James and Elizabeth Monroe, Charlottesville, Virginia

Ash Lawn-Highland is an historic house museum, 535-acre working farm, and performing arts site in Albemarle County, Virginia. President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe of New York, owned Ash Lawn-Highland from 1793 to 1826 and made it their official residence from 1799 to 1823. After the Monroes’ death, the name of their farm was changed from “Highland” to “Ash Lawn”; today both names are used. (Source:  Ash Lawn-Highland website)

James Monroe Memorial Foundation

The James Monroe Memorial Foundation was founded in 1927 by President Monroe’s granddaughter, Rose Gouverneur Hoes and her son, Laurence Gouverneur Hoes, and was incorporated in Virginia in 1947. The foundation works to preserve and honor Monroe’s life, ideals, works, and memory through a variety of programs and activities.  (Source:  James Monroe Memorial Foundation website)

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Tuesday, May 23rd

Arts Club Closed July 1 – July 5th

  The Arts Club will be closed  Saturday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017. We will reopen on Thursday, July 6th. Happy 4th of July Everyone!          

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Wednesday, April 19th

2017 Scholarship Awards to Student Sculptors/Ceramicists

Each year the Arts Club sponsors a scholarship competition to recognize promising students specializing in a specific art form or medium—this year, sculpture and ceramics. The competition is open to college students ages 18-28 in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  Serving as judges were local sculptors Charles Bergen and Thanasi Papapostolou and ceramicist Rebecca Ravenal. This…

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Wednesday, March 22nd

Rachel Corbett Wins $10,000 Marfield Prize

WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 16, 2017 — The Arts Club of Washington is pleased to announce that Rachel Corbett is the recipient of the eleventh annual Marfield Prize, the National Award for Arts Writing, for her book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin (W. W. Norton & Company)….

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