Dolley Madison: Courage in Time of War
Dolley Madison: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Two to three class periods
The War of 1812 brought much destruction to our nation’s capital. The White House was burned: only the sandstone walls remained. Dolley Madison knew of the impending British invasion and potential destruction, so she quickly selected and packed items of significance. One of the items she chose was a full-length portrait of our country’s founding father, George Washington.
Debnam, Betty. A Kid's Guide To The White House: Is George Washington Upstairs? (Paperback). Riverside, NJ: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1997.
Video Tour of the White House
Dolley Madison, the White House, and the War of 1812 The Burning of Washington, by Dolley Madison
Portrait of George Washington, by Gilbert StuartCredits: This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University