Monticello’s ICJS co-hosts National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution annual conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, May 31, 2012
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Monticello’s ICJS co-hosts National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution annual conference
Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biography as a Construction of History

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will co-host the SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution: Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biography as a Construction of History at the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto, Friday June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2012.

Thomas Jefferson’s Lives examines Jefferson’s public and political perception, his motivations, ambitions and character through the eyes of his allies and enemies. The conference will also take an in depth look at how the view of Jefferson has changed throughout history to reflect the nation’s shifts and interests.

The conference includes presentations from preeminent Jefferson scholars including Pulitzer Prize winning authors Gordon S. Wood and Annette Gordon-Reed, as well as R.B. Bernstein, Frank Cogliano and J. Jefferson Looney. Gordon S. Wood will give special remarks entitled “Peter Onuf as Intellectual Biographer of Thomas Jefferson,” celebrating the lifetime scholarly achievements of Dr. Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation professor at the University of Virginia.

Registration for Thomas Jefferson’s Lives is open to the public. Prices vary for students and SAR members.

The Sons of the American Revolution was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The organization’s roots date back to the centennial signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1876, when a group of descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution formed the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889—the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906.

The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies was founded in 1994 by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (the private nonprofit corporation that has owned and operated Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson, since 1923), in cooperation with the University of Virginia.  It fosters Thomas Jefferson scholarship and disseminates findings through research and education.  Through a network of scholars, teachers, and resources, it engages a global audience in a dialogue about Jefferson’s ideas and supports a wide range of inquiry and programs in Charlottesville, Virginia, and around the world, including overseas conferences, most recently in Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
 
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About Monticello
Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Monticello is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Foundation receives no regular federal or state budget support for its twofold mission of preservation and education.  About 450,000 people visit Monticello each year. For information, visit www.monticello.org.

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