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In October of 2013, the Honorable Lord Paddy Ashdown was the keynote speaker for Diplomacy and Transitioning Governments, a conference co-hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. Ashdown, a British politician and diplomat, sat...More >>
Cary Fowler, American agriculturalist and the former executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and current senior advisor to the Trust, spoke at the 7th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, September 6-7, 2013. Fowler sat down with Monticello to discuss Thomas Jefferson's impact on his...More >>
Steve Bender was a featured speaker during the Heritage Harvest Festival's Grand Preview Dinner on September 6, 2013. As Senior Writer at Southern Living Magazine, he has been writing about gardening for nearly 30 years. Monticello sat down with Bender and discussed gardening, southern traditions,...More >>
In 2012, Joel Salatin, author and third generation alternative farmer of Polyface, Inc., was a featured speaker at the annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello . He returned the following year for the Dialogue Project on Food and Agriculture at Monticello on September 5, 2013. Salatin sat...More >>
Monticello will remain open and operate as usual in the event of a federal shutdown this October 2013. Monticello is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation , Inc., a private, nonprofit organization that receives no ongoing federal, state, or local support .More >>
Dave Matthews, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band, was the featured speaker for Monticello's 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony on July 4, 2013. After the ceremony, Matthews shared his thoughts on immigration, citizenship, Thomas Jefferson, and...More >>
Dave Matthews welcomes America's newest citizens at Monticello on July 4, 2013. Learn more about the annual Independence Day and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello .More >>
Wendy Kopp
On April 12, 2013, Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and this year's recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership , announced to a Monticello crowd that "the kind of thriving, equitable society [Jefferson] could only dream of is within our grasp." Calling...More >>
Meet Sissy, Sadie, Bo and Rusty -- the four beautiful rescued dogs that help protect the Monticello Vegetable Garden from deer and other animals during the evening. Visit Monticello's YouTube Channel .More >>
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