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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 16, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites,434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Monticello is lowering general admission prices to $5, December 7-11, 2012, in celebration of the 25th 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 World Heritage Committee selects sites to inscribe to the World Heritage List based on specific criteria. The UNESCO Criteria for Selection states that each site must be “of outstanding universal value” and meet one of the ten...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 14, 2012 Media Contacts:Lisa Stites, Monticello: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Marioff, James McGuinness: james@mcguinness@marioff.net; (508) 231-2536 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Nov. 14, 2012- The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello has installed a Marioff HI-FOG® water mist fire suppression system as part of its ongoing efforts to protect Jefferson’s iconic home. The Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to restore and preserve Monticello.  Marioff, part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leading provider of water mist fire protection technology and supplier of system solutions worldwide. During his lifetime Thomas Jefferson was no stranger to the devastation of fire. On February 1, 1770...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 7, 2012 Media Contacts:Lisa Stites, Monticello: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Maria Braeckel, Publicity Manager, Random House / Spiegel & Grau / The Dial Press: mbraeckel@randomhouse.com ; (212) 572-2721 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham launches his newest book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power from Monticello, November 11, 2012. In Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Meacham brings to life the complete man, from birth to his last days—through the Revolutionary War and his years as President. Readers will see the Founding Father who wrote the Declaration of Independence, steered the states to nationhood, and as a master politician and President, doubled the size of the country through the Louisiana Purchase. Meacham...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, May 31, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Monticello’s ICJS co-hosts National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution annual conference Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biography as a Construction of History Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will co-host the SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution: Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biography as a Construction of History at the Robert H. Smith Center at Montalto, Friday June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2012. Thomas Jefferson’s Lives examines Jefferson’s public and political perception, his motivations, ambitions and character through the eyes of his allies and enemies. The conference will also...


J.B. Birdsall (left), Pamela Reynolds (center), J.F. Bryan (right)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—J.F. Bryan of Jacksonville, Fl., Pamela Reynolds of Richmond, Va., and John “J.B.” Birdsall of Charlottesville, Va., have been elected members of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that has owned and operated Monticello since 1923. J.F. Bryan, IV, a Jacksonville, Florida native, was involved in the insurance industry for thirty years; he spent the last 13 years as President of Independent Insurance Group before the Company was sold to American General in 1996. Bryan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of LISC (a local initiative to redevelop challenged neighborhoods). He serves as Chairman of the Reinhold Foundation...


Nadia Comăneci
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, May 11, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Gold-medal-winning gymnast Nadia Comăneci will be the featured speaker at Monticello’s 50th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.  Considered one of the best known gymnasts in the world, Comăneci was the first Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10 and leave her indelible mark on the history of the Games. Born in Onești, Romania, Comăneci became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2001. She has also retained her Romanian passport, making her a dual citizen. Her illustrious career as a gymnast reached worldwide fame during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, when Comăneci, who was just 14 years old at the time, earned seven perfect tens,...


No better place to experience wine and history!  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Monday, May 7, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Charlottesville, VA.—An article about Virginia wine in Wine Spectator this month concluded with, “Any trip to Charlottesville should begin or end at Monticello. Just walking around Jefferson’s home will help you develop a deeper understanding of the author of the Declaration of Independence and a key figure in American wine.” Earlier this year Wine Enthusiast Magazine listed Virginia as one of world’s ten best wine destinations for 2012—an accolade the Commonwealth received because of the region’s historical sites, beautiful landscapes, and friendly winemakers. The Wine Festival at Monticello brings together all three at a one-of-a-kind setting—Thomas...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, April 26, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Monticello archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown archaeological sites that contain nineteenth century artifacts, including remains of slave homes—some from Jefferson’s time. The sites were discovered at Tufton, historically significant as one of Thomas Jefferson’s four quarter farms located about a mile and a quarter east of Monticello. Monticello archaeologists discovered the sites in April while conducting survey work at Tufton, as part of an ongoing research initiative: the Monticello Plantation Archaeological Survey. A preliminary assessment of the artifacts indicates the earlier of the two sites was occupied in the first few decades of the nineteenth century, most likely by...


Book showcases Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary vegetable garden FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Charlottesville, VA –Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States of America was a revolutionary gardener. Today, the vegetables and herbs Jefferson favored are thriving in the 1,000-foot terraced vegetable garden at his home Monticello. Extensively and painstakingly restored under Peter J. Hatch’s brilliant direction, Jefferson’s unique vegetable garden now boasts the same medley of plants he enthusiastically cultivated in the early nineteenth century. The garden is a living expression of Jefferson’s genius and his distinctly American attitudes. Its impact on the culinary,...


Alice Waters, photograph by David Liittschwager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  - Monday, April 16, 2012 Media Contact: Lisa Stites, 434-984-7529 Charlottesville, Va.—Revolutionary chef Alice Waters will visit Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, April 19 and 20, 2012, as part of a celebration of Jefferson’s legacy as a farmer and our most famously epicurean President.  Waters’ visit precedes Historic Garden Week in Virginia and the launch of Peter Hatch’s new book “A Rich Spot of Earth” Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Alice Waters wrote the foreword for “A Rich Spot of Earth,” which debuts during the “National Book Launch: An Evening with Peter Hatch”, April 23, 2012, on the West Lawn of Monticello. In the foreword Waters writes, “We desperately need to reconnect ourselves to the pastoral and self-sufficient...


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