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Blog Archive: May 2013

Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.

Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America and co-founder of Teach for All, was the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's 2013 Medal in Citizen Leadership. In this video, she shares her thoughts on Thomas Jefferson and her reaction to winning the award. Wendy Kopp, 2013 TJF Medal in Citizen Leadership...More >>
Laurie Olin, distinguished professor, author, and renowned landscape architect whose designs include the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C. and Bryant Park in New York City, received the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's 2013 Medal in Architechture. In this video, he shares his response to...More >>
Conservation technicians installing custom-made steam jacket on the north column
Monticello’s iconic west front has been undergoing a major change in the past few months. The columns on the West Portico (aka Southwest Portico) are being restored to their original Jefferson-era appearance. Unlike the columns on the East Portico (aka Northeast Portico), the columns on the “nickel...More >>
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Stock photo of Marilyn Monroe
On May 22, 56 years ago, Marilyn Monroe and her husband of less than a year, Arthur Miller, walked into Monticello, hoping to take a tour without anyone recognizing them. Unfortunately for them, their hopes were dashed almost immediately. The word got out, and the local newspaper sent a reporter up...More >>
Gabriele Rausse, Monticello Director of Gardens and Grounds
Thomas Jefferson claimed, in 1818, that “in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines.” His own habits had been formed over thirty years before—at the tables of Parisian philosophes and in the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Gabriele Rausse,...More >>


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