On March 8 at noon, Kat Imhoff, president and CEO of James Madison's Montpelier, will deliver a Banner Lecture entitled “Dolley Madison and the Politics of Gracious Hospitality.”
As America’s first First Lady, Dolley Madison was instrumental in creating a new Republican template for style, etiquette, and social interaction that defined Washington, D.C.’s social-political culture in the early nineteenth century. Kat Imhoff, President and CEO of the Montpelier Foundation, will take you on a journey that examines Dolley’s life with special attention to the way she used hospitality to achieve the most important political ends. You’ll learn how Dolley played a critical role in shaping the social protocol of the brand new capital city of Washington, D.C., and thus how we governed ourselves in the early years of the nation. In an age when wives and daughters had no legal identity of their own, hear how Dolley was given an honorary seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and how she did it all with her own totally unique style.
Kat Imhoff is the president and CEO of James Madison’s Montpelier. Before joining Montpelier in January 2013, she enjoyed a five-year tenure as state director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana. Before her leadership role at The Nature Conservancy, Kat served as vice president and COO for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello.
This lecture is cosponsored with James Madison’s Montpelier and is free for members of the Virginia Historical Society and James Madison’s Montpelier.