Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 14:00 - 16:00
Libby O’Connell’s enticingly fresh book reintroduces lost American Food traditions and leads us on a culinary journey through the evolution of our vibrant cuisine and culture. Covering a hundred different foods from the Native American era to the present, this smorgasbord of American food will delight history buffs and food lovers alike. Tastings in The Shop at Monticello afterwards.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 18:00 - 19:00
As part of the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book, Richard Dunn will give a talk on his book, A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia. Digging into archives from the mid-18th century to emancipation, Dunn’s assembled genealogies of three generations trace details of individual lives and collective experiences, from a Mesopotamia field hand to the fortunes of her rebellious mulatto son to her clever quadroon granddaughter.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 18:00 - 19:30
Experience a behind-the-scenes visit with Assistant Curator Emilie Johnson to explore Monticello’s family spaces through the perspectives of the people who lived in this home. Johnson will also speak about the dynamics within the Monticello household. $55 per person, 6-7:30 p.m., with reception after site visit (a portion of the ticket price includes a charitable gift).
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:00 - 16:00
Gardiner Hallock, Monticello’s architectural historian, will outline the current transformational project called Reuniting Monticello’s Mountaintop Landscape, which reestablishes the link between the ornamental landscape surrounding the houseand its connection to the functioning plantation. A tour of the site follows Hallock’slecture. 2 pm lecture at Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Woodland Pavilion; 3:15pm tour of the Mountaintop Kitchen Road, FREE; registration is required.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 18:00 - 20:00
In celebration of Garden Week in Virginia, join us for a conversation with Stephen Orr, Executive Editor, Condé Nast Traveler and author of The New American Herbal, a historically minded but modern approach to using herbs. Orr, a celebrated writer, editor and photographer who worked at Martha Stewart Living, visited Monticello while researching his new book.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 18:00 - 19:30
Jefferson returned from France with 86 crates of furnishings, knowledge of the most sophisticated Parisian me¬chanical and metamorphic furniture, and an ap¬preciation for French architecture. Diane Ehrenpreis, Monticello’s Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, will show how these adaptations contributed to the unique design of Monticello and its furnishings. 6-7:30 p.m., with reception after site visit.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 18:00 - 19:30
Learn about current restoration projects with Gardiner Hallock, Monticello’s Architectural Historian. Sites include the Weavers Cottage, the Dependencies and Jefferson’s bedroom. 6-7:30 p.m., with reception after site visit. $55 per person (a portion of the ticket price includes a charitable gift).