Virtual Programs in June

June 1, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in June 2021.


James Madison’s Montpelier
Celebrate Juneteenth Online
Events held June 1—30
Virtual events are free to attend; registration required for some

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary when news of the official proclamation that “all slaves are free” finally reached those enslaved in Texas—two months after the end of the Civil War and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Recognized annually on June 19, it is the most popular celebration of the end of slavery and is recognized as an official holiday in Virginia. Montpelier, together with the Orange County African American Historical Society, will co-host virtual Juneteenth this year with events all month long.

President Lincoln’s Cottage
Bourbon and Bluegrass 2021 featuring Dom Flemons
Sunday, June 13, 4–7 p.m. ET
$45 to attend; registration required

Bourbon and Bluegrass is a celebration of iconic American music and cocktails that is broadcast live from President Lincoln’s Cottage. Headlined by Grammy-winner and American songster Dom Flemons, this year’s festivities bring special cocktails by Maker’s Mark and Basil Hayden to you. The event is virtual for the public, while the bands will perform live to the veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement home to show them our gratitude for their service and to honor their fortitude during the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds go towards preserving President Lincoln’s Cottage, the birthplace of the Emancipation Proclamation, and continuing Lincoln’s fight for freedom.

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios
Virtual Road Trip: Melrose Plantation and the African House
Wednesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. MT
Free to attend, registration required

Experience the fourth stop of the Virtual Road Trip, a collaboration between Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS) and the James Castle House (Boise, Idaho). Travel to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, to Melrose Plantation and the African House—a HAHS site, former National Treasure, and HOPE Crew Project. Here visitors will encounter the self-taught African American folk artist, Clementine Hunter. Adventuring along the Cane River and into the African House where Hunter's murals depict the story of everyday life on the plantation, and the nearby small cabin space where Hunter lived and painted for many years, explore the site today, which reveals Hunter's incredible legacy through cooking, object-making, and painting.

Belle Grove
A Man of Honor: An Evening Celebrating the Service of Carl Brashear
Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend, registration required

As part of Belle Grove’s participation in the Blue Star Museums program, join Chief Warrant Officer 5, Phillip Brashear, as he discusses his father, U.S. Navy master diver Carl Brashear, and his amazing journey to become the first African American to graduate from the Diving & Salvage School and overcome adversity in his career. The major motion picture film Men of Honor was based on his life story.

Other Upcoming Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
History Happy Hour: LBJ and the Great Society with Melody Barnes
Thursday, June 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

White House History Live: Chocolate City–History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital
Tuesday, June 15 at 5 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

History Happy Hour: Daughters of Yalta with Catherine Grace Katz
Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

The Glass House
Life, Ebony, and Modernism in 1950s America with Author Kristina Wilson
Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend; registration required

James Madison’s Montpelier
Montpelier Virtual Book Club: “On Juneteenth” with Annette Gordon-Reed
Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Juneteenth Virtual Book Talk with Picture Book Biography Author Glenda Armand
Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13
Livestream and telecast coverage on FOX

President Lincoln’s Cottage
Lincoln Letters Puzzle Game
Register by Sunday, June 20
$10 for three weeks of family puzzle games; registration required

Villa Finale Museum & Gardens
Power of a Story: Robert Salcido, Jr., Executive Director of Pride Center San Antonio
Thursday, June 10 at 6 p.m. CT
Free to attend; registration required

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

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