Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 6, 2016 - Let's Go Explore the Past Through Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Saturday, February 6 – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon – MONTICELLO’s Archaeology Lab, in honor of Black History Month, hosts a program titled “Let’s Go Explore the Past Through Archaeology.”
       Join Monticello archaeologists in the Archaeology Lab to discover how the enslaved community lived at Monticello.
       Charge is $9 for children age 7 to 11 (it’s FREE for younger children), and $12 for adults. For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thomas Jefferson's Legacies - A New 6-Session Class at the Senior Center of Charlottesville

Thursday, February 18 – 6 p.m. -
THE SENIOR CENTER, INC. commences a brand-new 6-session class entitled “Jefferson’s Legacies.” Thomas Jefferson bequeathed his native region numerous wonderful legacies: Monticello itself (which boasts 450,000 annual visitors); Monticello’s Center for Historic Plants (following in his botanical footsteps); The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series (a huge ongoing publishing endeavor); and Poplar Forest (a beautiful study in neoclassical architecture). We’ll also learn about two other Jefferson legacies: his record on slavery, and the many amazing artifacts dug from Monticello’s soil. Join us as we explore Jefferson’s Legacies!    

At the Senior Center, the class runs for six Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Class is followed by a related day-long Travel Session, see below.)

• Feb. 18 – “Nature’s Rich Mantle: Jefferson’s Observations on Natural History” – Peggy Cornett (Monticello’s Curator of Plants)
• Feb. 25 - “Jefferson and Slavery” – Beth Taylor (Independent Scholar & Lecturer)
• March 3 - “Monticello’s Archaeological Legacy” – Beth Sawyer (Monticello’s Archaeological Analyst)
• March 10 - “The Founding of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation” – Rick Britton (Historian & Lecturer)
• March 17 - “The Penned Legacy: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson” – Jeff Looney (Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson)
• March 24 – No Class
• March 31 – “Neoclassical Legacy: Jefferson & Architecture” – Travis McDonald (Poplar Forest’s Architectural Historian)

• April 7 – Travel Session: A day-trip to Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery. In the morning we’ll take in a very special tour of Poplar Forest, then dine at Lynchburg’s famous Depot Grille. In the afternoon we’ll get a unique treat, a guided tour of Old City Cemetery. Come join us! (Bus tour departs 9:00 a.m., returns at approximately 6:30 p.m. Travel Session is a separate charge.)

Sign up today! Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00. To register call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, go to, or e-mail