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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. ...


The J. A. Patterson clock and chair return to “Repose” at Montalto FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—A chair and a tall-case (grandfather) clock, original furnishings in James A. Patterson’s Repose, the house atop Montalto, have returned home, thanks to a generous gift from Martha Jefferson Hospital. Patterson was a major benefactor of Martha Jefferson Hospital.  He purchased Montalto, Thomas Jefferson’s ‘high mountain’ overlooking Monticello, in 1904.  Patterson, whose main residence was in Philadelphia, created a working farm at Montalto and subsequently built the large country house there which he named “Repose.”  Designs for the house are attributed to Philadelphia architect Charles Barton Keen...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, May 6, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—The Montalto Challenge, a demanding 5K race to the summit of Thomas Jefferson’s “high mountain,” will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, at 8:00 a.m. Thomas Jefferson Parkway near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 53, onto the Saunders-Monticello Trail then up to the summit of Montalto, elevation 1,282 feet. The 3.1-mile course, which offers spectacular views of Monticello and the surrounding area, includes stretches of crushed gravel, boardwalk, and asphalt. This year’s race will feature the “First Responder Challenge.” Two teams made up of local firefighters and police officers will race to the top of Montalto. The winning team will be determined by the average times of the...


Muhtar Kent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, May 5, 2011 Media Contact: Lisa Stites 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s 49th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. The event at the home of Thomas Jefferson begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public free of charge.  Kent is a dual citizen of the United States and Turkey and someone whose life has been influenced by his travels around the world and shaped by opportunities he has had in the U.S.  “I consider myself an ‘unabashed optimist’ and learned this trait from America itself,” said Kent. “Coca-Cola has grown up right beside America. We have reinvented and renewed ourselves...