Revealing the Mountaintop Project: New Perspectives on Monticello
MAY 2, 2015 AT MONTICELLO PANEL MODERATED BY DAVID RUBENSTEIN WITH TOM BROKAW - UPSTAIRS TOURS - MULBERRY ROW OUTDOOR EXHIBITION - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL 2:00PM!
Please join us to commemorate our progress on the Mountaintop Project, which has brought to life the stories of the people who lived and worked at Monticello. Explore new restoration work upstairs and on Mulberry Row that offers a better understanding of this historic landmark as a plantation and family home.
9:30-10:30 - Monticello: An American Story
Patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein moderates a panel discussion about the significance of Monticello as a touchstone for understanding Thomas Jefferson, slavery and the paradox of liberty. Panelists include:
Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent
Rex M. Ellis, Associate Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
10:30-2:00 pm – Mulberry Row: Meet the People, Hear Their Stories
Meet the people of Mulberry Row, once the plantation’s “Main Street,” by hearing their stories in an outdoor exhibition and the new Mulberry Row App. Explore two re-constructed structures: a log cabin once occupied by members of the Hemings family, and the Storehouse for Iron, used for tin smithing and nail making. Interpretive programming will be available.
11:30-2:00 pm – The Upstairs: Preview Tours of Newly Restored Spaces
Monticello, Jefferson’s three-dimensional autobiography, was also a family home. Venture up the narrow staircase to explore the family quarters, and see the newly-restored upstairs spaces, including Martha Jefferson Randolph’s room, the Nursery, and the iconic Dome Room with its hideaway for the granddaughters. *NOTE: The free tours on May 2 have now all been reserved. Please check with the Ticket Office when you arrive on May 2 for tour availability, as some visitors may cancel their reservation. All other events are still open, and do not require a reservation. Also, FREE grounds-only passes are available 9 am – 2 pm on May 2 on check in. We look forward to seeing you up on the mountaintop soon!
Also on May 2: Book Signings in the Shop at Monticello and on the West Lawn
Charlotte Moss, Garden Inspirations
Libby O'Connell,The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites
Patrick O’Connell, The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession
Adam Van Doren, The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents