FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 17, 2016
Media Contact: Alex Tyre
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awarded its Historic Preservation Medal to Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.
The DAR Historic Preservation Medal is the most prestigious preservation award the National Society presents and its purpose is to honor an individual whose volunteer service, promotion, and dedication to historic preservation has made a distinguished contribution on the national, regional, or state level for many years.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello appointed Leslie Greene Bowman as President and CEO in 2008. Bowman previously served as Director and CEO of Winterthur Museum and Country Estate from 1999 to 2008. From 1997 to 1999, she was Executive Director and CEO of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and she was on the staff of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1980 to 1997. While in Los Angeles, Bowman enjoyed academic appointments with both USC and UCLA. She has served under Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Bush on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House; and she served on the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In a second presentation the National Society presented the Thomas Jefferson Foundation with its national Historic Preservation Recognition Award for its stewardship of Monticello and for outstanding achievements in all areas of historic preservation.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Its recent large capital projects include the Jefferson Library and the Saunders-Monticello Trail. The Foundation is currently undertaking The Mountaintop Project, a multi-year effort to restore Monticello as Jefferson knew it, and to tell the stories of the people—enslaved and free—who lived and worked on the 5,000-acre plantation.
About The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the foundation seeks to engage a national and global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas. Monticello is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the foundation’s regular operating budget does not receive ongoing government support to fund its twofold mission of preservation and education. About 440,000 people visit Monticello each year. For more information, visit monticello.org.