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

Future Appearances


Kyle Jenks as James Madison. All Rights Reserved; please contact Mr. Jenks for permission to use this photo.

The 1791 Northern Tour

On Thursday, July 27, 2017 President Madison will be visiting the Saratoga Springs History Museum to reminisce about the special trip he took with his best friend, Thomas Jefferson, to Upstate New York and New England in 1791. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and is part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Trust Program Series. It is FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact the Saratoga Spring History Museum at 518-484-6920 or visit their website. The Museum is located at 1 East Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.


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.


Kyle Jenks as President James Madison. Photo courtesy of MacScott Photography, copyright 2017

President Madison Reports to the American Philosophical Society on the Northern Tour of 1791 - August 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

In the summer of 1791 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison headed north to explore New York and New England for reasons of “health, recreation and curiosity” as Mr. Madison put it. Part of their mission was an American Philosophical Society project to study the Hessian fly, a pest that had wreaked widespread havoc on wheat crops throughout the nation. Then Secretary of State, Jefferson was the chairman of the committee organized to study the pest. He used this Northern Journey to survey the damage caused by this insect on the crops of the northern states while seeking relief from his chronic migraine headaches. Madison, then a Congressman also experienced a temporary reprieve from his most chronic ailment, his “bilious fits.” Historic Philadelphia Inc. interpreter Kyle Jenks will speak in the First Person as James Madison, fondly recounting the journey, telling the stories of the memorable events that these two mighty friends shared. For more information contact the American Philosophical Society at 215-440-3400 or visit their website: https://www.amphilsoc.org.


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 is the three act stage 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, 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.


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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