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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
While we don’t see as many school groups visiting Monticello during the summer as we do in the spring and fall, we love it when a group makes a special effort to visit us. Today, I had the pleasure of working with a high school group that’s part of the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis...More >>
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Okra flower
Vegetable gardens are sprouting up everywhere, thanks to a renewed interest in fresh, locally-grown food that is sweeping across America. From First Lady Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden at the White House, to gardens in schoolyards and backyards, Americans are experiencing the pleasure, hard work,...More >>
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Gardens
Beets from Jefferson’s garden
Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables which constitute my principal diet." Food was a large part of Jefferson’s life. His garden was organized into 24 squares and further divided into...More >>
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Food and drink
J. Harvie Wilkinson III serves on the Richmond, VA-based United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and has served as a member of the Federal court party at our annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony for many years. We loved Judge Wilkinson's speech this year...More >>
This year's rising sixth and seventh graders at Monticello's Summer Adventures Camp were in for a special treat. They were given the opportunity to pilot the new Garden Explorers Program that will be offered to families beginning in July. Working with this truly enthusiastic group, I began our day...More >>
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Gardens
I would like to thank you all for inviting me to say a few words today at the 50th Anniversary of Monticello’s Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.More >>
Transcript of Nadia Com ăneci's remarks, July 4, 2012 "I would like to thank you all for inviting me to say a few words today at the 50th Anniversary of Monticello’s Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. "Congratulations to those of you here today who will soon become the newest...More >>
This July 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the first naturalization ceremony held at Monticello.More >>
On July 4th, 85 people from 44 countries around the world will fulfill their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens. Monticello's own Yussuf Yussuf will be among them. July 4th at Monticello Event DetailsMore >>
Odelia Rasheed, 36, hadn’t planned to become an American. “I was still thinking we’re not going to settle here, this is only temporary,” Rasheed said. “I was still holding onto that plan we had 11 years ago.” But after the 2008 election she realized she was ready to make America her “forever.” “I...More >>

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