Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

aka Monticello   |   Charlottesville, VA   |  http://www.monticello.org

Mission

The Foundation's mission is two-fold: Preservation - to conserve, protect, and maintain Monticello in a manner which leaves it enhanced and unimpaired for future generations; and, Education - to interpret and present Thomas Jefferson to the widest possible audiences, including scholars and the general public.

Ruling year info

1985

President

Leslie Greene Bowman

Main address

P.O. Box 217

Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA

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Formerly known as

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc.

EIN

54-0505959

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Preservation

During its existence, the Foundation has steadily expanded Monticello’s functions and holdings. Its stewardship now includes approximately 2,500 of Jefferson’s 5,000 acres, of which more than 1,400 are held under protective easements. In addition to the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center, large capital projects have included the Jefferson Library and the Saunders-Monticello Trail.

Recently, the Foundation completed 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.

Population(s) Served

Monticello’s multidisciplinary educational initiatives are conducted through the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Founded in 1994 to foster Jefferson scholarship and widely disseminate findings, the Smith ICJS embraces Monticello’s archaeology, education, publications, and research departments; the 15,500-squarefoot Jefferson Library; and the editorial operations of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, a published compilation of Jefferson’s written legacy from 1809 to his death in 1826. the Center conducts international scholarly conferences, lectures, informal talks, panel discussions, teacher workshops, curriculum-based tours, and other programs for students and educators, and offers long- and short-term residential fellowships for researchers and scholars. the Smith ICJS is based at the nearby Kenwood proper.

Population(s) Served

Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, established in 1987, collects, preserves, and distributes historic plant varieties and strives to promote greater appreciation for the origins and evolution of garden plants. The program centers on Jefferson’s horticultural interests and the plants he grew at Monticello, but also covers the broad history of plants cultivated in America by including varieties documented through the 19th century and choice North American plants. the CHP is located at nearby Tufton Farm.

Population(s) Served

The Saunders-Monticello Trail, a linear park along Route 53, serves as a scenic entrance corridor to Monticello and as a recreational and education resource for visitors and local residents. The parkway features Kemper Park, an 89-acre expanse with an arboretum, pond, woodland theater, and overlook; Saunders-Monticello Trail, a 2.2-mile pathway linking Kemper Park and the grounds of Monticello; and Saunders Bridge, a stone-arch span at the entrance to Monticello. The Trail is open to the public free of charge every day.

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Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melody Barnes

Board of Trustees

Melody Barnes

Chair

Tobias Dengel

Vice Chair

Molly Hardie

Secretary

L. D. Britt

Trustee

Peter Coolidge

Trustee

Joseph Erdman

Trustee

Annette Gordon-Reed

Trustee

Renée Grisham

Trustee

David Landin

Trustee

Suzi LeVine

Trustee

E. Charles Longley, Jr.

Trustee

Nancy Marcus

Trustee

Jon Meacham

Trustee

Sarah Perot

Trustee

Gilbert Schafer III

Trustee

Christopher Toomey

Trustee

William Walton III

Trustee

John Birdsall

Emeritus Trustee

J. F. Bryan IV

Emeritus Trustee

Harlan Crow

Emeritus Trustee

David Goode

Emeritus Trustee

Donald King, Jr.

Emeritus Turstee

Fritz Kundrun

Emeritus Trustee

Richard Mayo

Emeritus Trustee

Charlotte Moss

Emeritus Trustee

Libby O'Connell

Emeritus Trustee

Pamela Reynolds

Emeritus Trustee

Brenton Halsey

Honorary Trustee

David McCullough

Honorary Trustee

Hunter Smith

Honorary Trustee

John Charles Thomas

Honorary Trustee

Daniel Jordan

President Emeritus

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