Mr. Madison's War & The Burning of Washington City

The White House Historical Association (WHHA), The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), and James Madison's Montpelier will commemorate the bicentennial of the August 24, 1814 invasion and burning of the White House and United States Capitol with a two-day symposium this September. Renowned scholars will describe and discuss the geopolitics and causes of the War of 1812, the British capture of the national capital and burning of the public buildings on August 24, 1814, President James Madison's interpretation of the Constitution in a time of war and crisis, Dolley Madison as a political partner and heroine, the impact of the war on African Americans and Native Americans, and the aftermath of the war on the future of the nation.



Two-day admission to the Symposium program, Anniversary Dinner (Wednesday evening), and the Closing Reception (Thursday evening).

Included in the attendance fee is a complimentary copy of White House History, distributed at the Symposium, and the Symposium proceedings. Proceedings will be published and shipped to participants after the event.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014  ›

Opening Session, 1:15 p.m.  ›  featuring:

›  Followed by the Anniversary Gala Dinner in the Courtyard, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 4, 2014  ›

Morning Session, 8:30 a.m.  ›  featuring:

›  Lunch: Symposium attendees have a wide selection of local restaurants within walking distance. A list of suggestions will be provided.

Afternoon Session, 1:15 p.m.  ›  featuring:

›  Followed by the Closing Reception, 5:00 p.m.

The White House Historical Association thanks the ChemArt company for their generous sponsorship of the Anniversary Gala Dinner. Since 1981, ChemArt has been our American manufacturing partner for the annual White House Christmas Ornament.

This event was held:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Thursday September 4, 2014

David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House

Event Address: 1610 H Street, NW

Nearby Parking Garages: 1625 I Street NW / 1750 H Street NW / 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW

Nearest Metro Stops: Farragut West and McPherson Square on the Blue/Orange Line, and Farragut North on the Red Line

Graduate Student Travel Grants  ›

Each of the organizations will provide a grant of $250 to defray travel costs along with complimentary admission to the two-day symposium for a graduate student interested in pursuing research on the White House, U.S. Capitol, or the lives and careers of James and Dolley Madison. An application for a travel award will consist of the student's resume, a statement from the student, and a letter from the student's research advisor. The student's statement should include a summary of research interests and a statement of why the applicant will benefit from participating in the symposium.