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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: A Brief Account

The claim that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, a slave at Monticello, entered the public arena during Jefferson's first term as president, and it has remained a subject of discussion and disagreement for two centuries.

Discoveries in the North Passage

People today often forget how flexible rooms were in the past. The North Passage on the 2nd floor of Monticello is a prime example of multi-functionality. Of course it was a corridor, but it also acted as a storage area, work room, and as sleeping quarters for visitors and enslaved workers.

Jefferson’s “Venetian” blinds: a Story of Investigation and Restoration

This year, the Restoration Department concluded their research into the design of Monticello’s original exterior “Venetian” blinds. The search ultimately led them from Monticello to the U.S. Capitol.

Historic Landscape Institute

Preserving Jefferson's Gardens and Landscapes
June 14-19, 2015

Department Staff

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ICJS Departments and Staff

The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies oversees and coordinates the work of several of Monticello's scholarly departments. This concerted, multidisciplinary approach is a hallmark of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's dedication to advancing broadly the Jeffersonian legacy.

Conferences & Symposia

Academic conferences constitute a major vehicle for engaging a global audience in Jefferson’s ideas.  The ICJS has organized dozens of conferences and seminars on a wide range of topics and has co-sponsored a number of scholarly symposia with the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the University of Virginia.  The ICJS has also sponsored international conferences at academic institutions in Australia, China, Cuba, Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Britain, Poland, Austria, and Italy; these international symposia are headlined by prominent his

Praise for "The Men Who Lost America"

Prestigious Book Awards:

  • Winner, 2014 George Washington Book Prize
  • Winner, New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize
  • Winner, Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award
  • Finalist, Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History
  • Winner, Cincinnati History Prize
  • Winner, 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival Award in Regional Literature
  • Richmond Roundtable of the American Revolution Book Prize
  • Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize