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Monticello’s West Front, © Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Photo by Ian Atkins
Jefferson’s ideas on natural rights to be the focus FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 15, 2014 Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, in partnership with The Arab Center for Scientific Research & Humane Studies, will host “Natural Rights in the Post-Revolutionary Arab World: Realities & Challenges” April 18-20, 2014, in Rabat, Morocco.  Leading Jefferson scholars and representatives from throughout the Arab world will explore Thomas Jefferson’s ideas. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson, and other revolutionary leaders, founded the American republic on a concept of “natural rights.”  Not merely abstract ideals, Jefferson wrote and discussed the practical need for people to...


The First Hermitage in 1888: Alfred Jackson, Andrew Jackson’s former enslaved wa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 3, 2014 Media Contact: Amy Atticks434-984-7529 Monticello Archaeologists Awarded NEH Grant to Share Research Online MONTICELLO, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced that they will provide a $300,000, three-year grant to enable archaeologists at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to complete Beyond the Mansion 2.0., an innovative, web-based collaboration with The Hermitage. Beyond the Mansion 2.0 will make thirty years of archaeological research at The Hermitage available to scholars and the general public. The project focuses on the First Hermitage, a cluster of archaeological sites occupied around 1800 by Jackson and a small group of enslaved people.  By 1821, the site was populated by Jackson’s rapidly...


Kenneth R. Feinberg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 9, 2014Media Contacts: University of Virginia, H. Brevy Cannon, 434-243-0368Monticello, Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., — The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Law and Citizen Leadership, to, respectively: Toyo Ito, a Tokyo-based architect who combines conceptual innovation with superbly executed buildings, as in his masterpiece, the Sendai, Japan Mediatheque, which reimagines what a public museum and library should be in the digital age. Kenneth R. Feinberg, an attorney who has administered the compensation funds for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the BP oil spill in the...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 17, 2014Media Contacts: Claire Mouledoux, 703-652-5367Kathryn Goodson, 434-984-7570 George Washington’s Mount Vernon Joins Monticello and Montpelier to Create Virginia’s Premier Presidential Trail Expanded “Presidents Passport” Offers Added Value! MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA—George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the nation’s most visited historic estate, has joined Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Madison’s Montpelier to expand the Presidents Passport,Virginia’s premier presidential trail. These estates, conveniently located near beautifully-preserved and highly-walkable historic downtowns of Alexandria and Charlottesville, create a getaway complete with all the elements cultural travelers desire, with award-winning dining, shopping and...


Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 18, 2014Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA—Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, is now a finalist for multiple prestigious book awards. The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire is one of three finalists for the 2014 George Washington Book Prize, and has made the shortlist for the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History. The George Washington Book Prize honors the past year’s best book on America’s founding era, with an interest in those books with the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history. The Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 12, 2014Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA—This Presidents’ Day, Monticello will launch SeaofLiberty.org — a new interactive website inspired by Thomas Jefferson and created by talented teachers from around the world. From the Magna Carta to the Arab Spring, quests for liberty, freedom, and self-governance have recurred throughout international history.  In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The boisterous sea of liberty indeed is never without a wave…”, and the foundational ideals of the Declaration of Independence are a unique touchstone for contemporary debates. This educational tool-kit will enable educators and students everywhere to explore hundreds of unique, primary source materials related to the ideas of...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 5, 2014Media Contacts: University of Virginia, Jane Kelly, 434-243-9935Monticello, Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Feb. 5, 2014 — The University of Virginia and Monticello are launching a massive open online course – or MOOC – on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States and U.Va. founder. The MOOC, titled “Age of Jefferson,” launches Feb. 17, Presidents' Day, and is being taught by Peter Onuf, U.Va.’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, Emeritus;  Senior Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello; and an expert on Jefferson and the early American republic. The six-week, noncredit course...


Leslie Greene Bowman
President Obama Appoints Leslie Greene Bowman, Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello President, to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 24, 2014Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA— On September 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Leslie Greene Bowman, Monticello President and CEO to the Committee for Preservation of the White House.  Bowman was appointed with Wendy A. Cooper, Curator Emerita of Furniture at the Winterthur Museum. In an announcement President Obama said, “These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America. I look forward to working with them in the months and...


Student art on display in the Smith Education Center at Monticello
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 9, 2014Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA— As Thomas Jefferson explained to George Wythe, “...the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness..." This January, inspired by Jefferson’s legacy, and in service to our two-fold mission of preservation and education, Monticello is pleased to kick off the year with educational programming for Virginia public school students through the My Monticello exhibition, and the Daily Life at Monticello Program for the Richmond City Public Schools. At 1pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014, join teachers, students and their families at the free, public...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 9, 2013 Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Monticello is lowering general admission prices to $5 for two days this month, December 14-15, 2013, in celebration of the 26th anniversary of its inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. Five dollars was the price for a ticket to Monticello in 1987, the year Monticello and the University of Virginia, along with the Great Wall of China and the Acropolis in Athens, were first recognized as ‘World Heritage Sites.’ The special $5 commemorative price applies to general admission day passes to Monticello, which includes a guided tour of the house and access to the grounds, the introductory film, exhibitions, and The Shop...


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