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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...


Peter Hatch<br />©TJF, Inc./Monticello, photo by Robert Llewellyn
Garden Club of America presents Peter Hatch with Medal for Historic Preservation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, May 2, 2011Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529                                        CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.— Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds, Peter Hatch, often quotes Jefferson’s Memorandum of Services to My Country (September 2, 1800), “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add an useful plant to it's [SIC] culture.” A scholar and gardener, Hatch has dedicated his life’s work to restoring Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary garden at Monticello.  His...


Andrea Wulf
Award-winning author Andrea Wulf presents new book April 18 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—In celebration of the Garden Club of Virginia’s restoration of the twenty oval flower beds and the winding walk flower border, Monticello will hold a garden party during Historic Garden Week in Virginia, with award-winning author Andrea Wulf on April 18. Considered “America’s Largest Open House,” Historic Garden Week in Virginia, held April 16-23, 2011, is a celebration of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks. This year, marks 70 years since the restoration of the winding walk flower border and oval bed plan at Monticello. Each April, colorful tulips dominate the stage at Monticello.  But what you see today—the beauty and splendor of the gardens had virtually disappeared after...


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Peter G. Peterson will be the featured speaker at Monticello's commemoration of Jefferson's 268th birthday on April 13 at 10 a.m. on the West Lawn of Monticello. Peterson, who established his eponymous foundation in 2008 to advocate for fiscal reform in the U.S. will receive the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, one of the highest honors presented by U.Va. and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Peterson is the 5th recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. He is the founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, whose mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key long-term fiscal challenges threatening America's future and to accelerate action on them, and he supports other charitable...


March 21, 2011 — The University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation 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 by U.Va. and by the foundation, the independent, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello. The recipients: Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will receive the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture. Cynthia D. Kinser, chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, will receive the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law. Peter G. Peterson, philanthropist and founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, will receive the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal...


Discovery makes university third largest holder of Jefferson’s books St. Louis, MO – February 21, 2011 – The Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Washington University in St. Louis announced today the discovery by Monticello scholars that a collection of books, long held in the libraries at Washington University in St. Louis, originally were part of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library. These books, held at Washington University Libraries for 131 years, have been confirmed by Monticello scholars as having belonged to Thomas Jefferson himself. They are part of the university’s rare books collection, and were not previously identified by the books’ donor in 1880 as a part of Jefferson’s personal collection. Monticello scholars identified several notable books among the 28 titles and 74...


Label for the Monticello Reserve Ale
Introducing Monticello’s new microbrew, just in time for Presidents’ Day Wednesday, January 19, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Lisa Stites  434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—A revolution is brewing in the artisanal beer world, inspired by the taste of Thomas Jefferson and what was brewed historically at Monticello.  The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, in collaboration with Starr Hill Brewery, announces the launch of Monticello Reserve Ale, the official beer of Monticello. The media is invited to a tasting preview, Thursday, February 10, at 11 a.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Museum Shop.  Starr Hill Brewery Master Brewer Mark Thompson and assistant curator Justin Sarafin will be available for interviews following presentation of the beer. Tastings...


Monticello will be lit with candlelight for visitors this December                                                                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529                                                                                         CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA...


Runners and walkers are invited to participate in this family-oriented community event FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 11, 2010 Media Contact: Lisa Stites 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.— ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer! Whether you’re ready to make a run for the hills or spread your enthusiastic holiday spirit—nothing makes the holiday season more memorable than spending quality time with family and friends.  The Thomas Jefferson Foundation invites runners and walkers to the first ever Monticello Holiday Classic 5K and Deck the Halls Kids Dash, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.  The event offers families a quality holiday experience at Monticello’s one-of-a-kind Saunders-Monticello Trail.  This family-oriented 5K begins at the Thomas Jefferson...