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Teri Allard, host of Charlottesville Inside Out shows how to get in touch with American history at Monticello's Griffin Discovery Room. Click here to watch the video »More >>
The New York Times calls it "an invaluable companion book" to the recently opened exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. This pioneering work by Monticello's Shannon Senior Research Historian Cinder Stanton has deepened our understanding of Jefferson—his character and...More >>
Monticello's joint exhibition with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Jan 27., at the National Museum of American History on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Admission is free, and we hope you'll get a chance to experience it before it closes on Oct...More >>
The AP's Zinie Chen Sampson writes about three new projects launching this winter to shed light on the slaves who lived and worked at Monticello. The article has appeared in several U.S. media outlets as well as in the UK and India. Read it online (no longer available).More >>
Fountain Hughes, grandson of Monticello gardener Wormley Hughes
A recent entry in the New York Times' ongoing Disunion feature revisiting the Civil War, highlights an interview with Fountain Hughes, whose ancestors were slaves at Monticello, and cites the work of our own Cinder Stanton. Hughes's interview, originally recorded as part of the Slave Narrative...More >>
Thomas Jefferson's dining room was restored recently to its original zingy chrome yellow. Recently, the Wall Street Journal featured a story on Jefferson's influence on decorator and former White House design consultant Carleton Varney. Check out the story on The Wall Street Journal online.More >>
Chances are that you weren't able to be with us for this year's Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. Not to worry. NBC's Today Show and The Coca-Cola Company have made their coverage of this inspiring event available online. In this brief but very moving video,...More >>
Muhtar Kent welcomes America's newest citizens at Monticello on July 4, 2011. Learn more about the annual Independence Day and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello .More >>
In a time when there was no thought of providing former chief executives with pensions, Thomas Jefferson relied primarily on the produce of his farms for subsistence and money. His main cash crops were wheat and tobacco. The third president generally prided himself on the quality of the staples...More >>
Smithsonian Gardens Horticulturist Erin Clark amending the soil.
In January 2012 the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, opened the exhibition Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty . The exhibition is on view in the NMAAHC gallery at the...More >>

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