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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 >>
Peter G. Peterson
Prepared Remarks at Celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s 268th Birthday Charlottesville, Virginia April 13, 2011 Watch a video of this speech » Thank you, Gene, for your kind introduction. And thank you to Leslie Greene Bowman and Don King of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. To Dean Harry Harding and...More >>
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Jefferson Today
Al-Demouqratiya-al-Thawria
The translation of selected works of Jefferson into Arabic was inspired by Professor Juan Cole at the University of Michigan who is a leading interpreter of the Middle East. Following the dramatic events of 9/11, Professor Cole was concerned about the lack of availability of classic writings about...More >>
Gabriele accepts the VA Agribusiness Council's 2011 Distinguished Service Award
Monticello’s Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds Gabriele Rausse was recognized for his service to the Virginia wine industry during the 4th annual Virginia Wine Expo, held in Richmond, Virginia on February 25. Donna Pugh Johnson from the Virginia Agribusiness Council presented Rausse with...More >>
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Gardens, Food and drink
Shelling fresh peas.
Time for the April installment of our monthly series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife , a recipe book published in 1824 by Mary Randolph , kinswoman to Thomas Jefferson. Leni Sorensen, our African American Research Historian and a culinary historian of national repute, has...More >>
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Food and drink
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Michelle Obama declared in 2010 that the White House kitchen garden “has been one of the greatest things I’ve done in my life so far.” The garden is a central feature of the first lady’s “ Let's Move ” initiative to create healthier American children by combating childhood obesity, improving school...More >>
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Gardens
Peter G. Peterson
Philanthropist and statesman, Peter G. Peterson will be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 268th birthday on April 13 at 10 a.m., on the West Lawn of Monticello. Peterson is the 5th recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. He is the...More >>
As I type this, I can still hear the sounds of home educator families enjoying activities in the classrooms at Monticello’s Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center. Today, we were delighted to host our 2 nd Annual Home Educators’ Day. Despite heavy rain this morning, I’ve encountered lots of smiling...More >>
"So you work in the Archaeology Lab...but what do you do, exactly?" This is a question I have received a lot over the years from friends and visitors alike. The answer is, quite a variety of things, actually. Archaeology entails a lot more than the digging part. That’s what I love about it; it’s a...More >>
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Archaeology
Asparagus washed
Time for the March installment of our monthly series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife , a recipe book published in 1824 by Mary Randolph, kinswoman to Thomas Jefferson. Leni Sorensen, our African American Research Historian and a culinary historian of national repute, has once...More >>
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Food and drink

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