OpEd: The Enduring Legacy of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson was only 33 years old when he wrote those immortal words, now among the most famous in the English language. And those were radical words in 1776. For a nation to justify its existence and governance on the premise of universal rights was new. But there were flaws in that promise of liberty that haunt us to this day.

Monticello Announces New Board Members and Leadership

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, announced new leadership for its Board of Trustees as of January 2021. Melody C. Barnes assumed the chairmanship of the board, and technology entrepreneur Tobias Dengel became vice chair.

Monticello Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Prepare for America’s 250th Anniversary

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency and one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States, recently awarded a $75,000 Historic Places Planning Grant to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. This competitive, merit-based grant is part of a special NEH initiative advancing civic education and commemorating the nation’s 250th anniversary.

News Releases in 2018

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Announces New Board Leadership

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

Andrew Tisch, new book of American immigration stories, to be featured at Monticello’s Independence Day Celebration

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.

Monticello Announces Major International Conference, Free Public Forum on 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.