Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 16:00 - 17:30
In her new book, Amelioration and Empire, Monticello Historian Christa Dierksheide argues that amelioration—of slavery and provincial society more generally—was a dominant concept shared by enlightened planters who sought to "improve" slavery toward its abolition, as well as by those who sought to ameliorate the institution in order to expand the system. By illuminating the common ground shared between supposedly anti- and pro-slavery provincials, she provides a powerful alternative to the usual story of liberal progress in the plantation Americas.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:00
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Alan Taylor for an in-depth discussion on Thomas Jefferson, slavery in America, and the enslaved families who called Monticello home. Annette Gordon-Reed is Professor of Law and History at Harvard University and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She received a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for her work The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
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.
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).