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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 >>
A couple of years ago, while I was on my way up to a meeting at Monticello, I was walking by one of my favorite blooming trees, the Mimosa Tree, and saw a woman lying on her back motionless with her eyes closed. It was one of those moments when your first thought is to worry about the person’s...More >>
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Garden Club of Virginia's restoration of the twenty oval flower beds and winding walk flower border, join us for an elegant garden party with award winning author Andrea Wulf. Enjoy informal tours of Monticello and the flower gardens, a champagne toast...More >>
Want to know what Jefferson thought about a particular issue that continues to be relevant? Well, you're in luck. Or you will be in a year or so, when a digital archive of the papers of the Founding Fathers becomes publicly accessible. At Monticello, we've long been excited about the possibility...More >>
In the wake of the release of U.S. diplomatic cables on Wikileaks, Eric Johnson, Monticello's New Media Specialist, talks with Jean Bauer, creator of " The Early American Foreign Service Database ," about what is was like for Jefferson and his successors to communicate with America's ambassadors...More >>
This eerie picture is from one of my favorite memories of working at Monticello, when we were just starting the Monticello Explorer in late 2003. To clarify, it’s not an actual photograph, in the sense that most of us are familiar. It’s an image created from laser scans taken for us by a company...More >>
On July 20, 2010, the New York Times published a thoughtful essay on Jefferson's lessons for relating to the Middle East Ted Widmer of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Says Widmer, "More than most founders, Thomas Jefferson has a way of returning to the news cycle." Read Widmer's...More >>
O n Friday, March 12, the Texas Board of Education approved a revised curriculum that cuts Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century. According to the New York Times, the decision may have influence beyond Texas because the...More >>
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Monticello staff members were tickled to see Thomas Jefferson and James Madison referred to (and accurately, we might add) in a recent article in the satirical online "news source," the Onion. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did: ) Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To...More >>

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