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.
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain and illustrations by Larry Day. Reading level: ages 7 and up.
Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerlley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Reading level: ages 6 and up.more »
CBS Sunday Morning took an in-depth look at how Monticello is telling the story of slavery—from our landmark exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty to our Slavery at Monticello tours. The feature story includes an interview with Curator Elizabeth Chew and Tour Guide David Ronka.more »
Here at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, we spend most of our days reading Jefferson’s two-hundred-year-old mail. Jefferson wrote approximately 19,000 letters during his lifetime, so you can imagine how many more letters he also received! And that means we have a lot of different handwriting to navigate.more »
Thank you to all the young scholars and family members who turned out for Monticello’s 3rd annual Home Educators’ Day! Nearly 600 people joined us under beautiful sunny skies for a day of fun and activities all around the mountaintop and in the classrooms of the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center.
Below are some of our favorite shots from the day. You can share Home Educator Day photos of your own by adding them here.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 psychology—without demonizing him.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. 14, 2012. more »