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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...


Holiday Evening Tours at Monticello
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, November 27, 2013Media Contact: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Monticello) – Enjoy the merriment of the holidays Jefferson-style at Monticello!    Be the first to see Monticello decorated for the season on December 1, when Thomas Jefferson will host a Holiday Open House. Decorate your own home during our classic Wreath Workshops! Learn how to create an all-natural wreath with materials handpicked from the grounds at Monticello. Workshops feature tastings from the Shop at Monticello and a contest.   Embrace your inner architect during My Monticello Gingerbread House Family Workshop. Watch artisans create specialty crafts, sample heritage chocolate, and find local gifts for family and friends during our second Handmade for...


New DAACS Homepage
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 21, 2013 Media Contacts: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA—October is Virginia Archaeology Month, and Monticello archaeologists are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) featuring new data from archaeological sites at Monticello, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and seven other sites of slavery in Virginia. A major feature of the DAACS website re-launch is a set of new image-laden object galleries highlighting artifacts, documents, and maps from important archaeological sites. The galleries were built in collaboration with archaeologists at Mount Vernon who recently catalogued over 100,000 artifacts and field records, including 150,000 faunal remains (...


Jon Meacham
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 14, 2013 Media Contacts: Amy Atticks, 434-984-7529 “…it may be said that Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted the Fine Arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather.” - The Marquis de Chastellux, 1782 on his first visit to Monticello MONTICELLO, Charlottesville, VA – Thomas Jefferson was on the cutting edge of architecture, design, horticulture, and cuisine. His genius for the art of daily life remains influential today. House Beautiful magazine, a leading authority on American home design and decoration, recently announced the launch of a “pop up” guest editor series and named renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss as guest editor for the November 2013 issue themed “The Arts of Living.”  A trustee of Monticello...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 3, 2013 Media Contacts: Kathryn Goodson, 434-984-7570, Chad Wollerton, 434-984-9823 The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello is quickly becoming a regional favorite among East Coast festival goers interested in local food, farming, heirloom tastings, music, and family activities. This year’s festival will feature a music stage with national acts, an enhanced family area with a petting zoo including cows, sheep, goats and chickens, and a foodie-inspired food and beverage tasting. The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and is a celebration of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson. Often considered America’s “first foodie,” Jefferson championed...


Southern Living’s Steve Bender to be a featured speaker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 29, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 The gardens of Monticello served as a laboratory for the exchange of new and unusual plants with family members, neighbors, and a national and international network of plant explorers and plantsmen. Thomas Jefferson himself served as a missionary of seeds for his novel collection of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and ornamental plants. He once wrote to André Thoüin of the Jardin de Plantes in Paris that his seeds “came safely to hand and were committed to our best seedsmen, in order that they might be preserved and distributed so as to become general.” Each year a “seed swap” is held at the annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello to celebrate this...


51st Annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at the home of Thomas Jefferson to feature musician Dave Matthews as keynote speaker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 18, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — This July 4th will mark the 237th anniversary of American independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 individuals have been sworn in as American citizens on Independence Day at Monticello in proceedings presided over by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia. This year, 80 people from 38 countries will become citizens at Monticello. The ceremony is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony that takes place outside of a courtroom in the United States. Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave...


Dave Matthews will be the featured speaker at Monticello on July 4, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 30, 2013 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Dave Matthews, best known as the lead vocalist/guitarist for Dave Matthews Band, will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s 51st annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony—the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the United States. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 9, 1967, Matthews became a naturalized American citizen in 1980. His family moved frequently during his childhood, spending time in the U.S. and England in addition to South Africa, and he credits their travels with widening his frame of reference. Matthews, who took piano lessons as a child before picking up the guitar at age nine, moved to Charlottesville,...