Site title: James Madison Fourth President of the United States - The Great Little Madison

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Come to Historic Philadelphia - A Summertime Showcase

Kyle Jenks as James Madison. Photo courtesy of Kyle Jenks. Photographer Laura Macaluso. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

June through September of 2017

WEDNESDAYS, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Look for President Madison in Philadelphia, along with eight other costumed History Makers at a Historic Philadelphia's "Colonial Stations" located on the beautiful shaded lawn of the First Bank of the United States (16 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19112) next to Carpenter's Hall. Contact artryan@historicphiladelphia.org for specific dates and other details.

Also on WEDNESDAYS, meet the "Father of the Constitution" James Madison at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. He can usually be found greeting you in the lobby. Should he be  conversing with constituents elsewhere, just ask the attendant at the Information Desk to call for him, and he will come to meet you post haste.

SATURDAYS, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Meet the "Father of the Constitution" James Madison at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106). He can usually be found greeting you in the lobby. Should he be  conversing with constituents elsewhere, just ask the attendant at the Information Desk to call for him and he will come to meet you post haste.


James Madison holding copy of Treaty of Ghent during scene from the play "From Plattsburgh to the Peace" by Ron Duquette. Debut performance Sept. 9, 2016

From Plattsburgh to the Peace - The 2017 Commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh

The City of Plattsburgh, New York annually celebrates the historic Battle of September 11, 1814 that was a decisive factor in bringing the negotiations in Ghent (the Netherlands) regarding the War of 1812 to a conclusion. Returning to the City Hall stage on September 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., is the three act play "From Plattsburgh to the Peace". In the play President Madison (Kyle Jenks), Ambassador John Quincy Adams (Vincent Puliafico), and Commissioner Albert Gallatin (Ron Duquette, the play's lead author) will discuss the factors leading to the War of 1812, also called Mr. Madison's War; the negotiations in Ghent and, ultimately, the Treaty that ended the War of 1812. If you missed the debut performance last year, clicking on the image to the right will play a selection on YouTube of excerpts from that performance.


Cake cutting with James Madison during Constitution Day 2016

National Constitution Day, September 18, 2017

Come celebrate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. After four months of debate in the hot Philadelphia summer the delegates to the Federal Convention signed the document on September 17, 1787, and sent it to the States for ratification.

Special events begin at 8:30 a.m. on the 18th with the Flag Raising and Reading of the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

Among the day's highlights is the 2017 Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony in Kirby Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Priority for reservations is given to the 50 immigrants being sworn in and their families.

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration - 12:30 p.m.

The celebration takes place in the Grand Hall Overlook, and will be graced with an appearance by the "Father of the Constitution", James Madison. In the manner of a true birthday celebration, there will be cake (decorated to look like the Constitution) and ice cream.

Constitution Day Games and Outdoor Activities start at 9:30 A.M. and run until 3:30 p.m. The venues are the Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook. Visitors can try their hand at graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era.

logo of Historic Philadelphia Inc. Used with permission. Links to Historic Philadelphia's website

Throughout the day, there will be Historic Character Meet and Greets, allowing visitors to interact with famous figures from history. Meet, speak with and capture photos with James Madison, "Father of the Constitution"; George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, all portrayed by professional interpreters from Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Visitors have the opportunity participate in Historic Demonstrations, and learn trades from yesteryear, such as candle making, and calligraphy, and more! Afterwards, visitors themselves can don colonial outfits at our Dress Up station, and pose for one-of-a-kind photos!

Admission is free all day, however, please note, some of the day's events will require reservations due to seating capacity in the Center's auditoriums. To make your reservation, please call: 215-409-6800.


Full Calendar

For additional appearances, please check the shared calendar for Mr. Madison and Mr. Jenks on the Calendar page or on line.


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