On Friday, July 4, 2014, David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, gave the keynote address at the 52nd Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony on Monticello's West Lawn before a crowd over 2,800 people in attendance, including 70 individuals who would become America's newest citizens.more »
One summer a few years ago I visited New Jersey, to do some work in the repository at the Morristown National Historical Park. Morristown served as the winter quarters for the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78 and again during the “Hard Winter” of 1779-80 and the site is now part of the national park system.more »
Thomas Jefferson, a strong advocate of reading, frequently made book recommendations to his children and grandchildren. He sent newspaper clippings along with his letters to them and his suggestions focused on poetry, history, foreign language, and moral and behavioral improvement.more »
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 more »
Monticello and HISTORY® invite teachers and their students, K-12, to participate in a digital art-based project that encourages students to connect Jefferson with their hometown. The contest includes $10,000 in prize money and a chance to have their work featured on Monticello’s website.more »
Doing tours is only an occasional, wee part of my job. However, exploring Monticello with visitors is one of my favorite parts of my work. I'm a goofball by nature, so I don't always play it straight while doing house tours.
In the entrance hall at Monticello, there is a Thomas Sully portrait of Jefferson.