FREMONT – An exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of President James Monroe’s historic presidential tour is coming to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums.
“In the Spirit of the Folks: James Monroe’s 1817 Tour of the Northern States” will be on display screen in the museum auditorium from August 1 to twenty. It will be the third distinctive exhibit highlighted at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums this summer time. Admission is bundled with the value of a typical museum ticket.
James Monroe became the fifth president of the United States in March 1817. 3 months afterwards, he embarked on a fifteen-7 days tour of the northern states, traveling up the East Coast from Washington D.C. to Portland, Maine west to Detroit and again to Washington by means of Ohio, western Pennsylvania and Maryland, totaling some two,000 miles.
While modern-working day presidents are readily recognizable by practically each individual American, this was not legitimate two hundred several years ago. Monroe’s predecessors not often traveled, and there was no digital media frequently broadcasting the president’s graphic or the audio of his voice.
Monroe’s tour created a nationwide feeling. Americans arrived out by the thousands, thrilled by the opportunity to see the president, and newspapers across the country gave working day-by-working day accounts of his progress.
Political variations ended up neglected as Americans of both equally parties joined with each other in grand celebrations marked by parades, speeches, dinners, balls, receptions and concert events. A Boston newspaper coined the phrase “Era of Very good Feelings” to describe the nationwide unity created by Monroe’s tour. The time period became the catch phrase of his presidency.
Monroe’s two phrases in the White Dwelling (1817-1825) capped a public company career that bundled battle company in the Revolutionary War point out and federal legislative offices the governorship of Virginia diplomatic missions to France, Wonderful Britain and Spain and stints as secretary of point out and secretary of war.
As a distinctive U.S. envoy to France in 1803, he performed a decisive role in negotiating the Louisiana Acquire Treaty. Throughout his presidency, Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise to deal with the developing sectional divide over slavery (1820) granted diplomatic recognition to emerging South American Republics (1823-24) and issued the Monroe Doctrine, declaring the western hemisphere shut to further more European colonization (information to Congress, 1823). He capitalized upon the results of his 1817 northern tour by going to the Chesapeake location in 1818 and the southern states in 1819.
This exhibit also has relevance to President Rutherford B. Hayes in that President Hayes was the initial sitting president to vacation to the West Coast. He also traveled via the south, and his outings ended up meant to enable unite the country. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to five p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to five p.m. Sunday.
“In the Spirit of the People” is composed of 10 complete-coloration vinyl banners that contains photos, quotations and captions to present a background of Monroe’s northern tour and convey a perception of the exuberance it generated. The initial a few banners introduce viewers to Monroe and offer an over-all summary of the tour. The subsequent 6 banners emphasis on certain destinations that Monroe visited, with 1 banner focused to each. The final banner presents interactive educational back links as effectively as credits for the exhibit’s sponsorship and planning.
The exhibit is a joint project of The James Monroe Museum and The Papers of James Monroe, both equally of which are administered by the College of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The museum, founded in 1927 by Monroe descendants, is a National Historic Landmark housing the biggest single assortment of artifacts and archives relevant to the fifth president.
The Papers of James Monroe is a publication project that has developed 6 volumes to day of picked official and personal correspondence pertaining to Monroe’s lengthy career in public company.
For info, phone 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.
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