TOM Talks

TOM Talks℠ (Topics on Monticello) is a series of talks featuring distinguished speakers, insider opportunities, and topics related to all facets of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson.  To purchase tickets, click the link below or call our Reservations Office at (434) 984-9800. See below for a preview of our 2014 TOM Talks℠!

A portion of each ticket represents a tax-deductible gift to support Monticello.

2014 Tom Talks

  • Select from the talks listed below
  • Call our Reservations office at (434) 984-9800

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Wednesday, October 15
Gabriele Rausse • Thomas Jefferson and the Culture of the Earth

Thomas Jefferson believed in the virtues of agrarian life for establishing America as a free and independent nation. His legacy in gardening and influence in the cultivation of wine is still seen today. Monticello’s Direc­tor of Gardens and Grounds and a Virginia winemaker—often referred to as the “Father of Virginia Wine”— will lead this insider program in Monticello’s newest vineyard on Montalto, with incompa­rable views of Charlottesville, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Monticello. Rausse will share Jefferson’s ideas for an agrarian society and vision for a U.S. wine industry. Program ends with a casual, outdoor cheese-and-wine reception. Outdoors, some walking is involved. 6-7:30 pm, $55 per person (includes a $25 charitable gift).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Annette Gordon-Reed and Alan Taylor • Slavery in America and at Monticello

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. Alan Taylor, a historian specializing in early American history, won a Pulit­zer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for his work William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic. He is the author of books about colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic. 6-8 pm, $65 per person (includes a $30 charitable gift).

2015 TOM Talks Series Package

Purchase a subscription to the entire 2015 series for $185 (a charitable gift is included), a 20% savings from the individual event prices ($230).

March 24 & 26
Jefferson Family Spaces
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.

April 20
Garden Week Conversation with Stephen Orr
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. Orr is also the author of Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening. $65 per person, 6-8 p.m., with reception. Informal tours of the gardens and grounds will be offered prior to the event.

September 15 & 17
Mechanically Inclined: Thomas Jefferson’s Concept of Comfort
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. $55 per person, 6-7:30 p.m., with reception after site visit.

October 6 & 14
Inside Out, Outside In: Restoring Monticello
Learn about current restoration projects with Gardiner Hallock, Monticello’s Architectural Historian. Sites include the Weavers Cottage, the Dependencies and Jefferson’s bedroom. $55 per person, 6-7:30 p.m., with reception after site visit.

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