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

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L-R Vince Puliafico as John Quincy Adams and Kyle Jenks as James Madison, copyright 2016 by Kyle Jenks, Photo Courtesy of Kyle Jenks

Meet President Madison and Ambassador John Quincy Adams during Cape Vincent's annual Historical Weekend

On Saturday, June 24, Cape Vincent will have a Historical Weekend Celebration featuring appearances, and an original stage play performed by Kyle Jenks, professional interpreter of President James Madison and Vincent Puliafico, interpreter of John Quincy Adams and a member of the Cape Vincent Community! The stage play: "From Plattsburgh to the Peace" centers around the year 1814 and how the American naval and land victories at the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812 strongly persuaded the Treaty of Ghent proceedings to come to terms for peace. Mr. Madison and Mr. Quincy Adams will be roaming the event meeting attendees in person before and after the play. Look for the gentlemen in the tall hats!

There will be a variety of fun, exciting and informative events taking place throughout the village. An encampment, re-enactment, historical walking tours, lectures, period musical performances, period watercraft, tallships and crafters village are among some of the highlights. For more information call 315-654-2481, email thecape@tds.net or log onto www.capevincent.org. The map below will give you an idea where Cape Vincent, New York is located.


Fourth of July in New York City

Kyle as DeWitt Clinton seen in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY in April 2016. Photo courtesy of Kyle Jenks

Sunday, July 2 Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking for the Erie Canal

Activities will begin on the steps of Federal Hall on Sunday, July 2, around 12:30 pm, with speeches from New York political leaders and a reading of excerpts from DeWitt Clinton's 1815 New York Memorial by re-enactor Kyle Jenks as DeWitt Clinton. The speeches will be followed by an Old Fashioned Independence Day Parade, similar to the parade sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Historical Association in the past two years.

The parade will be led by the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York, followed by the Color Guard of the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New York, the Sons of the American Revolution and various other patriotic groups, including the Colonial Dames of America. The Richmond County Fife & Drum Corps and other bands will also participate. There will be a further stop at Bowling Green/Evacuation Day Plaza for more speeches and entertainment and then will proceed to the South Street Seaport where the director of the South Street Seaport Museum will speak about the importance of the Canal to the Port of New York.


Kyle as Douglas McKenna, a Tory merchant. Copyright 2015 by Kyle Jenks. All rights reserved. Please contact Mr. Jenks for permission to use this photo.

Independence Day

Throughout the day, Kyle will be portraying his 18th century alter ego Douglas McKenna. Throughout the day, Mr. McKenna is a New York civilian and Tory businessman. He will be expressing the impact of the War for Indpendence as experienced by Tory civilians as British and Continental troops vied for control of what was then called York City.

At 2:00 p.m. Mr. McKenna will be at the Peter Zenger Gallery to talk about his experiences as a Tory after the Declaration of Indepence was read. A complete schedule of the presentations at Peter Zenger Gallery is available in PDF format.

For information on all events related to New York's Fourth of July Celebrations, please visit: www.nps.gov/feha or call Federal Hall National Monument's information line at (212) 825-6990.


Kyle Jenks as James Madison at the National Constitution Center Constitution Day 2016, Photo Courtesy of the National Constitution Center

Monday, July 17, 2017 - Short Stories at the National Constitution Center

DescriptionThe National Constitution Center held a short story writing contest prior to the end of the school year, and the 4 winning stories are being adapted for live presentation. On the 17th at 4:00 pm, four storytellers from Historic Philadelphia, Inc., will tell the winning stories at a ceremony at the National Constitution Center to honor the winners. One of the winning stories was about President Madison and Mr. Jenks as President Madison will be there for a meet and greet for photo opportunities with the winners beginning at 3 pm along with John Lopes, also of Historic Philadelphia, Inc., portraying President George Washington.


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

Statue title The Signer in Signer's Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA. Image is in the Public Domain under National Park Service Regulations. Appears at  https://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/plaques-and-statues-in-the-park.htm

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 in Signer's Garden (434-494 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). It is easily found between Indedependen Hall and 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. with paid admission. Contact artryan@historicphiladelphia.org for specific dates and other details.

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) with paid admission. Contact artryan@historicphiladelphia.org for specific dates. Note that on June 24, 2017, Mr. Madison will be meeting with constituents in another region.


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 6, 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 of this insect’s effect 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.


Albert Gallatin and John Quincy Adams discuss Treaty of Ghent Provisions. Screen shote from video of 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 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.


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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