America Under Fire: Mr. Madison’s War & the Burning of Washington City—September Symposium Commemorates War of 1812

America Under Fire: Mr. Madison’s War & the Burning of Washington City

To Commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the August 24, 1814 invasion and burning of the White House and United States Capitol, The White House Historical Association (WHHA), The United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS), and James Madison’s Montpelier will conduct a two-day symposium on September 3-4. 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.

The symposium begins on the afternoon of September 3 and features a dinner and keynote lecture that evening. Morning and afternoon session on September 4 will conclude with a reception. The event will be held at the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, 1610 H Street, NW.