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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.


Cutting the perennial Blackberry Lily, which Jefferson called "Chinese Ixia"
Thomas Jefferson, planter of 330 different vegetable varieties and celebrated today as “America’s first foodie,” was also passionate about growing ornamental flowering plants, both native and exotic, in the gardens at Monticello. Writing to his granddaughter, Ann Cary Randolph, from Washington in...More >>
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Monticello will remain open and operate as usual in the event of a federal shutdown this October 2013. Monticello is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation , Inc., a private, nonprofit organization that receives no ongoing federal, state, or local support .More >>
Slavery’s definition is also its crime – it is the ultimate denial of personhood. For decades, historians have worked to restore the humanity denied to the millions of Africans who were forcibly brought to the Americas in the holds of slave ships and then made to endure the violence and coercion of...More >>
Dave Matthews, lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band, was the featured speaker for Monticello's 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony on July 4, 2013. After the ceremony, Matthews shared his thoughts on immigration, citizenship, Thomas Jefferson, and...More >>
Muscat of Alexandria
As a gentleman farmer, Thomas Jefferson was among the most forward thinking of his peers – he grew fruit trees grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, championed native species, imported European varieties, commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition for flora, and was the earliest American to reference...More >>
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Dave Matthews welcomes America's newest citizens at Monticello on July 4, 2013. Learn more about the annual Independence Day and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello .More >>
Peter Onuf of Robert H. Smith ICJS & University of Virginia
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of Empire . New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013. Andrew O’Shaughnessy offers a provocative account of a familiar story from a refreshingly unfamiliar angle in The Men Who Lost America: British...More >>
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 >>
Conservation technicians installing custom-made steam jacket on the north column
Monticello’s iconic west front has been undergoing a major change in the past few months. The columns on the West Portico (aka Southwest Portico) are being restored to their original Jefferson-era appearance. Unlike the columns on the East Portico (aka Northeast Portico), the columns on the “nickel...More >>
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