President James Madison

Fourth President of the United States

Future Appointments

Short articles about future appointments that are open to the public appear below. Private appointments are listed on the general calendar, but not highlighted by an article.

Kyle Jenks as James Madison. Photo by Andra MacScott, MacScott Photography. Used with permission. Photo copyright 2016 by MacScott Photography.

Living History: Meet James Madison

May 19, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the DiMenna Children's Museum, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY

Visit the Museum, and meet the ‘Father of the Constitution!’ portrayed by Living Historian Kyle Jenks. James Madison will share stories about his efforts to ratify the US Constitution at this time of year 230 years ago.

Learn how our system of government was debated in 1788; hear how Madison helped along ratification in New York; and don’t forget to take a close look at Mr. Madison’s unique 18th century fashion!

Come back to the Museum the next day to wish First Lady Dolley Madison a happy birthday, but not just any birthday! On Sunday, May 20, join us to celebrate 250 years since her birth on May 20, 1768!

These opportunities are free with your paid Museum Admission, and is suitable for all ages. For more information visit the DiMenna Children's Museum.

Kyle Jenks as President Madison, Elissa Paulisson as Dolley Madison; photo provided by Kyle Jenks, copyright 2018 for Mr. Jenks' use.

President and Mrs. Madison Visit Pennsylvania

June 4, 2018: James & Dolley Madison at the General Warren Inne (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

James (portrayed by Kyle Jenks) & Dolley Madison (portrayed by Elissa Paulisson) welcome you to their home in Montpelier, VA for the evening. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and and lively conversation begin at 7 pm, followed by dinner.

The Historic General Warren Inne will become Montpelier, VA for your evening's enjoyment. The General Warren Inn is at 9 Old Lancaster Road Malvern, Pennsylvania. The evening is hosted by The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund ( Reservations for the evening are required. The cost is $49 per person. Contact Jim Christ for full details.

Kyle Jenks as President Madison, Elissa Paulisson as Dolley Madison; photo provided by Kyle Jenks, copyright 2018 for Mr. Jenks' use.

Meet the Madisons on June 5, 2018

Chester County Library & District Center in the Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, Pennsylvania at 7:00 p.m.

James Madison, Jr., portrayed by Kyle Jenks, was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

Dorothea "Dolley" Dandridge Payne Todd Madison, portrayed by Elissa Paulissen, was noted for her social graces, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President. In this way, she did much to define the role of the President’s spouse, known only much later by the title First Lady — a function she had sometimes performed earlier for the widowed Thomas Jefferson.

This program begins at 7:00 p.m., and supports the Pennsylania Forward Civic and Social Literacy Initiative. The evening is hosted by the Chester County Library & District Center in the Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, Pennsylvania. Please contact Pam Marquette, or call 610-280-2642 to reserve a seat.

James Manship as Gen. George Washington and Kyle Jenks as President Madison on February 25, 2018. Copyright 2018 for use by Messrs. Manship and Jenks.

An Evening with Washington and Madison at the Fundraiser Dinner of the American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference

June 9, 2018 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Bridge Walk at the Perthshire, 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010

George Washington (James Manship) and James Madison (Kyle Jenks) will reflect on their work on the US Constitution and its ratification, as well as recall their trips through upstate New York over dinner with attendees at the American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference.

General George Washington toured the Mohawk Valley in 1783 at the conclusion of the American Revolution.

James Madison passed through the Mohawk Valley in 1784 to attend the signing of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix with the Marquis de Lafayette and, in 1785, accompanied Col. James Monroe to buy property in western New York.

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generic photo of Kyle Jenks portraying a merchant of the Revolutionary War period. Provided by Mr. Jenks and taken on his behalf by an unidentified friend

Independence Day 2018, Federal Hall National Monument, New York City

Federal Hall National Monument, where Gen. George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States, is hosting its annual Independence Day celebration. This year, Mr. Jenks will participate as his Loyalist persona, James Ackerman, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During the day, there will a dedicated 45 minute presentation by Mr. Ackerman from the perspective of a New York City Loyalist.

The schedule of events also includes the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence by the full complement of historical interpreters in attendance.Visit the National Park Service site for Federal Hall National Monument for more information.

Taken in the Chapel at Valley Forge Academy during the 2018 Boy Scout Pilgrimage to Valley Forge by Jay Delgado on behalf of Kyle Jenks. Copyright 2018 by Jay Delgado and Kyle Jenks.

James Madison reflects on the efforts and circumstances surrounding the ratification of the United States Constitution in its “30th anniversary year” of 1818

July 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Boston History Camp at Suffolk University, University Road, Boston, MA 02215

As part of Boston History Camp, Kyle Jenks, professional interpreter of President James Madison, will take you back to July 7, 1788. It was a day between Virginia's and New York’s ratification of the US Constitution. Mr. Madison was involved in both processes.

He will reveal the anonymous identity of Publius (the three co-authors of the "Federalist Papers"), a synopsis of the Federalist essay campaign, the reason for anonymity, the tenuous nature of the ratification process and his personal perspectives on the events. Mr. Jenks will remain in character to field questions after his presentation concludes.

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Kyle Jenks as James Madison, provided by Kyle Jenks. Copyright 2017 by Kyle Jenks

James Madison - The Ratification of the United States Constitution

October 18, 2018, in the evening, at the Saratoga Springs History Museum, 1 East Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Constitution has been ratified but not without significant effort on the part of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

Learn from Mr. Madison (Kyle Jenks) how the tenuous nature of the times hardly meant that the Constitution was a foregone conclusion, especially when it came to the two most powerful states, Virginia and New York.

For more information about the evening's program visit the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Kyle Jenks as James Madison and Ron Duquette as Albert Gallatin. Framed layout of pictures by Elaine Ackerson. Images are used with permission and are both copyright 2015.

The Albert Gallatin Project - The National Road and Internal Improvments

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the National Road Reaching the First Terminus Point - Wheeling, (West) Virginia
Oct. 27, 2018 9am-3pm at Washington & Jefferson College, 60 S Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301, USA

This is a one-day Symposium that is part of the ongoing Albert Gallatin Project. The Symposium will focus on the National Road and Internal Improvements as discussed in Albert Gallatin's 1808 Treasury Report.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the National Road reaching its first terminus point - Wheeling, (West) Virginia. President James Madison (aka Kyle Jenks) joins his friends Albert Gallatin (Ron Duquette) and Thomas Jefferson (Tom Pitz) as one of the featured speakers.

The Symposium's keynote speaker is Dr. John Lauritz Larson, the author of "Internal Improvements: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States".

Hosting the symposium are the History Department of Washington & Jefferson College, chaired by Tom Mainwaring, PhD, and the National Park Service out of Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania.

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