The 13th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival celebrates Jefferson’s legacy, and the culinary contributions of Monticello’s enslaved gardeners and chefs, including James Hemings, brother of Sally Hemings, and Edith Fossett. - September 12, 2019
In an Op-Ed piece in the Daily Progress, Monticello President & CEO Leslie Greene Bowman discusses Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, and why it remains relevant today. June 30, 2019
June 5, 2019 - Monticello is pleased to announce that Khizr Khan, constitutional rights and national unity advocate and a Gold Star parent, will deliver the keynote address at its 57th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony—the nation’s oldest continuous naturalization ceremony held outside a courtroom.
April 30, 2019 - Veteran historical actor-interpreter Bill Barker is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost interpreter of Thomas Jefferson. Now, after portraying Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg for the last 26 years, Barker will join the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello starting on June 14.
On April 12, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the 2019 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Citizen Leadership and Law.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, announces new leadership for its board of trustees. Effective January 2019, Jon Meacham will assume the role of chairman of the board. The foundation also announced that Melody C. Barnes was elected vice chair of the board and began serving in that capacity on June 15, 2018 - July 2, 2018
June 7, 2018 - On June 16, in conjunction with national Juneteenth events, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello will welcome a gathering of descendants of enslaved families, commemorate 25 years of its Getting Word Oral History Project and unveil new exhibits and restored spaces, including a groundbreaking exhibit on Sally Hemings.
May 31, 2018 - Monticello is pleased to announce that Andrew Tisch, prominent businessman, civic leader and co-author of a new book on the American immigrant experience, will deliver the keynote address at its 56th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony—the nation’s oldest continuous naturalization ceremony held outside a courtroom. The event also celebrates the 242nd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
April 9, 2018 - The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello two major grants, making possible greater accessibility to new archaeological research and a landmark exhibition on the legacy of slavery.
March 1, 2018 - On March 19-21, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia and the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) will jointly sponsor a public forum at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and an international conference at UVA on interpreting the history of slavery and its legacies, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, and Heritage.
February 26, 2018 - On April 13, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello will present their highest honors, the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture, Citizen Leadership and Law.