Thomas Jefferson requested that only three of his many accomplishments be noted on his tombstone. We'll find out what he most wanted to be remembered for and lots more in this nine week exploration of his life, work and hobbies. We'll explore his broad interests and the extraordinary activities that have made him an enduring American legend. We'll journey into his life, his politics, his family, his plantation, his free and enslaved mountaintop community, as well as his world-famous home.
The lecturers for this course are all members of the Monticello professional staff, whose research and expertise mark them as leading authorities on various aspects of Jefferson and his legacy. A highlight of the course will be a special spring evening on the mountaintop that will include a special after-hours tour of Monticello (including rooms not normally open to the public) and a reception on the North Terrace.
Sessions and Lecturers:
Jefferson's Enlightenment Imagination Gaye Wilson, Historian
The Political Jefferson Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Ph.D., Saunders Director of the Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Archaeology at Monticello Fraser Neiman, Ph.D., Director of Archaeology
The Gardens of Monticello Peter J. Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds
Slavery at Monticello Lucia C. Stanton, Shannon Senior Historian
Restoration at Monticello Robert Self, Architectural Conservator
Thomas Jefferson, 'enthusiast of the arts' Susan R. Stein, Gilder Curator and Vice President for Museum Programs
Evening Tour and Reception at Monticello (special early time - 6:00 p.m.)
Registration and Schedule Information
Offered each Spring.
Download forms from www.scps.virginia.edu or in person at Zehmer Hall, 104 Midmont Lane, M-F, 8am-4:30pm. 15-minute registration parking is available right outside the building.