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Contacts: Lisa Stites, Monticello, 434-984-7529 & Marian Anderfuren, University of Virginia, 434-243-2293 February 28, 2012 — The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in architecture, law and citizen leadership, during Founder's Day activities on April 13. The awards are presented jointly on April 13 – Jefferson's birthday – by U.Va., which he founded in Charlottesville in 1819, and by the Foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates his home, Monticello. This year's recipients: Rafael Moneo, a Spanish architect known for innovative modern buildings that respect  existing environments, will receive the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal...


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.— The merriment of the holidays combines with the sentiment of the past to create a special holiday season unlike any other at Monticello. From handcrafted to hands-on workshops, Monticello is your holiday destination this year. Join us for our month-long series Handmade for the Holidays, beginning December 1, 2012. Back with our classic Wreath Workshops, now in their 26th year, crafters can learn how to create an all-natural wreath with materials handpicked from the grounds at Monticello. Author and designer Charlotte Moss, shares her expertise during Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life, a designer scrapbook session. Moss will give insight into her latest book Charlottes Moss: A Visual Life, Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations and reveal ways to embrace your inner artist...


The edited travel diary of Thomas Jefferson’s granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Coolidge, will be released this December. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Thomas Jefferson promised his five-year-old granddaughter Ellen that one day “you will become a learned lady and publish books yourself.”  Coolidge’s first book, a diary she kept as an adult woman, will be published this December by scholars at Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England: The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839, edited by Ann Lucas-Birle and Lisa A. Francavilla, will be co-published by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Thomas Jefferson Foundation...


Bust of Tsar Alexander I of Russia. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
Russian-American relations, particularly between 1800-1815, to be the focus FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, October 10, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Prominent American and Russian historians will gather in Moscow from October 13 to 14, 2011 for a two-day symposium entitled, “Idealism, Statecraft and Foreign Policy in Jeffersonian America and Russia of Alexander I,” at the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Association for the USA History Studies have teamed up for the first time to present this symposium that will feature former U. S. Senator, Professor Gary Hart, and Pulitzer prize-winning...


Two new exhibitions to explore the ‘Paradox of Liberty’ at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 30, 2011 Washington, D.C. -- Monticello and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) today announced their collaboration on a new exhibition entitled “Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” set to open in the NMAAHC Gallery in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2012. “Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” is presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. Together, the institutions hope to inform discussion and encourage...


Aerial of Monticello and Montalto. Credit: Monticello/Photograph by Jack Looney
Monticello/PVCC Vineyard partner for educational vineyard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, July 18, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.— Thomas Jefferson’s “high mountain” overlooking Monticello will become a hands-on classroom for Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) students studying viticulture and enology. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) has partnered with PVCC to plant a training vineyard on Montalto as part of the college’s already extensive and popular curriculum devoted to the study of winemaking. Beginning Aug. 30,  PVCC students will plant three separate blocks of pinot noir grapes on the site, which is situated on the slope of the Montalto summit overlooking the orchards at Monticello. The vineyard is a fitting tribute to...


Funding will support the ‘Liberty Today’ program to help educators make history relevant through a dynamic, online educational platform FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, June 30, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Monticello today announced that it has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from The Coca-Cola Foundation for an education program aimed at bringing contemporary relevance to the genius of Thomas Jefferson.  The ‘Liberty Today’ initiative will bring together top teachers, international fellows, talented students and digital experts to create a dynamic, online educational platform that contributes to a modern understanding of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” A recent study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress found...


Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville anticipate tourism impact FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—The Virginia wine industry is in the national spotlight thanks to an effective marketing effort supported by the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) to bring more than 300 wine bloggers to Charlottesville this July. The Charlottesville/Albemarle region beat out competitors Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, California as well as Finger Lakes, New York to become the host of the fourth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference. The three-day conference focused on the Virginia wine industry and tourism will be held July 22-24. “We are thrilled to host this year’s Wine Bloggers...


Ryan Crocker, Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan to serve as conference panelist FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, June 10, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 "if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be." - Thomas Jefferson, 1816 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.— The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and the American Academy of Diplomacy present “Diplomacy & Education: Discovering and Teaching Reality,” the inaugural public conference to be held at the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto, Monday June 13, 2011. The principal objective of the conference is to explore the connection between education and diplomacy as envisaged by Thomas Jefferson in the context of the...


Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of Mulberry Row, Monticello’s plantation hub FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, June 3, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Beginning June 4th and 5th, Monticello’s visitors can discover the sights and sounds of Mulberry Row, Monticello’s main plantation road, during Mulberry Row: Monticello’s Main Street weekends.  Mulberry Row was the hub of the plantation’s domestic and light manufacturing activities performed largely by Thomas Jefferson’s enslaved African American workers. “In Thomas Jefferson’s time, Mulberry Row was not as it appears today,” says Linnea Grim, Monticello’s Hunter J. Smith Director of Education and Visitor Programs.  “Then, it was a bustling hub of work and cultural activities. ...