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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.

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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Stock photo of Marilyn Monroe
On May 22, 56 years ago, Marilyn Monroe and her husband of less than a year, Arthur Miller, walked into Monticello, hoping to take a tour without anyone recognizing them. Unfortunately for them, their hopes were dashed almost immediately. The word got out, and the local newspaper sent a reporter up...More >>
Gabriele Rausse, Monticello Director of Gardens and Grounds
Thomas Jefferson claimed, in 1818, that “in nothing have the habits of the palate more decisive influence than in our relish of wines.” His own habits had been formed over thirty years before—at the tables of Parisian philosophes and in the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Gabriele Rausse,...More >>
Leslie Greene Bowman
On November 7, 1805, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis reached a large body of water. Thinking it was the Pacific Ocean, Clark wrote “ Ocian in view ! Oh! The Joy!” We know now that the Lewis and Clark Expedition was almost nearly there – only 20 miles from their destination (they had just reached...More >>
Wendy Kopp
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 of thriving, equitable society [Jefferson] could only dream of is within our grasp." Calling...More >>



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