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Montpelier Visitor Center Named after David M. Rubenstein

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Montpelier News Release:

Orange, VA – Montpelier President Kat Imhoff announced Tuesday, June 16, that the Visitor Center at James Madison's Montpelier will carry David M. Rubenstein's name in recognition of his crucial support of The Montpelier Foundation.

“I think it's highly appropriate that David's name will now greet our visitors,” said Imhoff. “He has made it his priority to engage the public with the message that history matters, and his contribution to Montpelier has greatly accelerated our efforts to bring James Madison and his ideas into better focus.”

Rubenstein's $10 million gift to The Montpelier Foundation in November 2014 led to the creation of the Rubenstein Initiative at James Madison's Montpelier, a five-year plan to refurnish and interpret the Montpelier mansion and reconstruct the South Yard, the enslaved community site adjacent to the mansion.

Since November, researchers, archaeologists, and curators have unveiled new exhibits in James and Dolley Madisons' bedchamber, uncovered an undiscovered smokehouse in the South Yard, and catalogued hundreds of important artifacts from the Madison era.

“It is a great honor to be associated with Montpelier, home of James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution. By preserving the past, we help strengthen democracy today,” said Rubenstein.

Rubenstein's gift has made it possible for James Madison's Montpelier to offer visitors a more complete version of the story of American liberty, with its equal attention to furnishing and interpreting the home of one of the country's foremost political thinkers and to telling the story of the enslaved community that lived and worked in his household.

“Montpelier and the other founders' homes are out of context without slave quarters,” Rubenstein said. “It's important to rebuild them authentically and accurately so we can respect the African American struggle for citizenship as we appreciate the genius of a man like Madison.”

The David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at James Madison's Montpelier is open seven days a week and offers ticketed tours of the mansion and grounds, a gift shop, The Exchange Cafe, the William duPont Sr, Gallery, and the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery. Tickets are available at montpelier.org/visit.

About James Madison's Montpelier

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth President of the United States. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation, which seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison. The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and student groups throughout the year, and through the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, Montpelier provides world-class residential and online educational programs. Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site. To learn more, visit www.montpelier.org or contact cgodfrey@montpelier.org.

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