Allison Robinson, a second-year doctoral student, will intern at James Madison’s plantation, Montpelier, in Orange, Virginia, this summer as part of the Rubenstein Initiative. With a $10 million gift from David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, the Montpelier Foundation will continue restoring the main house to its ca. 1817–1836 appearance and recreate the South Yard slaves’ quarter.

Allison will assist in the South Yard project. She will work with staff and consultants to assess documentation and evidence from archaeological and architectural investigations, particularly references to duplex slave dwellings, and compare Montpelier to other plantations by size, slaveholdings, and economic and social status. Her research will help inform refurnishing plans and the physical interpretation of the quarter to Montpelier’s public visitors.