March 16, 2012
Montpelier is celebrating the 261st anniversary of James Madison's birthday.
The country estate of the nation's fourth president on Friday is using the anniversary to launch an online, crowd-sourced commentary of "Notes of Debates on the Federal Convention of 1787," the daily record kept by Madison.
The "ConText" project is a collaboration of the Center for the Constitution and the Brookings Institution. Officials say the resource is a fully searchable, technology-enabled learning experience that makes accessible one of the most important documents in American history.
Montpelier also will commemorate Madison's birthday with a wreath-laying ceremony. The United States Marine Corps is scheduled to present the presidential wreath from President Barack Obama. Several local organizations also will present wreaths.