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BP-269699-20Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningMonticelloNew Interpretative Plan for Monticello6/1/2020 - 5/31/2021$75,000.00Linnea Grim   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2020Public HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Planning a new exhibition and three new tours exploring the lasting impact of the Declaration of Independence and its founding principles of freedom and equality.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF), which owns and operates Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation home and UNESCO World Heritage Site, seeks a $75,000 Historic Places Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of a new, innovative interpretative plan for the visitor experience at Monticello - centered on the themes of freedom and equality enshrined in the Declaration of Independence - to mark the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

CH-20914-02Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsMonticelloProject to Endow Digital Archaeological Archive of Chesapeake Slavery.12/1/1999 - 7/31/2005$500,000.00FraserD.Neiman   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2001ArchaeologyChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs05000000500000

Endowment for staff, education and public outreach, and technology for a Web-accessible resource for the study of early American slavery in the Chesapeake region.

GA-275895-20Public Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)MonticelloIn the Course of Human Events: Pivoting Monticello to a New Normal6/15/2020 - 3/31/2021$215,000.00Chad Wollerton   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2020U.S. HistoryCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Public Programs21500002150000

Retaining and retraining twenty-one front line staff, and the acquisition of equipment, in preparation for expanded digital programming and revised onsite experiences.

In mid-March the Covid-19 pandemic forced closure of Monticello, the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson. This unimaginable interruption leaves empty the house, grounds, park, trails and research library. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, requests funds to help pivot staff, content, and programming to meet needs arising from the pandemic: closure, drastically reduced onsite visitation, a house tour program (formerly a model in the humanities) made obsolete by new health standards, and the increased demand for digital content delivery. Funding would enable Monticello to: 1) retain, retrain, and redeploy twenty-one of the 100 staff who previously delivered onsite programs; and 2) acquire equipment to expand digital outreach. It would also ensure that when we re-open, staff are prepared for a new normal, part of our commitment to emerge stronger. With a robust digital presence, we can forge a new value proposition with audiences well beyond 2020.

GI-259366-18Public Programs: Exhibitions: ImplementationMonticelloSlavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty4/1/2018 - 12/31/2021$300,000.00Emilie Johnson   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2018Public HistoryExhibitions: ImplementationPublic Programs3000000295656.910

Implementation of traveling and panel exhibitions exploring the complicated role of slavery in our national founding and the experiences of enslaved people at Monticello.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is an exhibition that uses Monticello, the home and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, as a lens through which to explore the dilemma of slavery and the lives of the enslaved families and their descendants. Given the relevance and popularity of this landmark exhibition, initially launched in 2012 in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello (TJF) requests funding to update Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello with new content—including a feature on Sally Hemings—and launch a new national tour to four African American museums. TJF also plans a “pop-up” exhibition that will travel to libraries and schools. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello presents Monticello as a microcosm of the American story—a lens through which to understand the complicated dynamics of our founding, and the ways in which slavery continues to shape our nation.

GI-50243-10Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsMonticelloMulberry Row and the Landscape of Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello9/1/2010 - 4/30/2013$380,000.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2010U.S. HistoryAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs280000100000280000100000

Implementation of 17 interpretive stations along Mulberry Row where enslaved people lived and worked at Monticello with emphasis on individuals, families, and work in the context of Jefferson's era.

Thomas Jefferson is one of our nation's most influential figures; his complexity and contradictions embody the paradox of his time -- the promise of liberty in an age marred by slavery. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) seeks to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Jefferson and Monticello by focusing attention on life and work at Jefferson's plantation, home to Jefferson and his family and many enslaved people. This project will explore plantation life, the lives of individuals and families, and aspects of the institution of slavery as they existed at Monticello as well as in the broader historical context of Jefferson's era. Its insights will reach millions of people through a permanent exhibition of 17 interpretation stations enhanced by sound, podcasts, supporting materials on the Web site, two on-site interactive computers, educational materials, staff training, and public programs.

GM-24020-89Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMonticelloThomas Jefferson: Inventor of America9/1/1989 - 12/31/1991$80,000.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1989U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs800000800000

To support planning for a temporary exhibition, new interpretive tour, catalogue, and educational programs on Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

GM-24747-92Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMonticelloThe Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello7/1/1992 - 4/30/1994$237,965.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1992U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs1500008796515000087965

To support an exhibition and publications on the philosophical, civic, and private worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

GM-26161-00Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMonticelloDomestic Life and the Plantation Community at Jefferson's Monticello9/1/2000 - 7/31/2003$40,529.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2000U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs405290405290

Planning for public interpretation of 13 recently restored domestic activity spaces at Monticello in order to expand understanding of the plantation's economic, social, and cultural activities.

GM-50004-02Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMonticelloFraming the West at Monticello: Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark Expedition10/1/2002 - 2/28/2003$30,000.00ElizabethV.Chew   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2002U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs300000300000

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GM-50203-04Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMonticelloInterpreting Jefferson and Monticello: New Perspectives for a New Century5/1/2004 - 10/31/2006$40,000.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2004U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs400000400000

Planning for an exhibition in a new visitor center emphasizing Jefferson’s public contributions to the nation as well as interpretation of Mulberry Row, a site of slave activity at Monticello.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) wants Monticello’s visitors to learn more about Jefferson and to come away understanding more about slavery and the diverse community of whites and blacks who lived and worked at Monticello. Building upon an existing interpretive program, this grant will bring TJF staff together with humanities scholars to determine the content of key parts of this plan: the themes and content of a new exhibition, brochure, audio tour, and film; and the restoration and interpretation of Mulberry Row, a principal area of slave activity. These additions to the interpretation will convey to visitors a richer understanding of Jefferson’s accomplishments, placing these in the context of his historical moment.

GM-50314-04Public Programs: Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsMonticelloDomestic Life and the Plantation Community at Jefferson's Monticello10/1/2004 - 12/31/2011$300,000.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2004U.S. HistoryHumanities Projects in Museums and Historical OrganizationsPublic Programs30000003000000

Implementation of an introductory exhibition and interpretations of the dependencies at Monticello, emphasizing plantation work and the interactions of Jefferson's family with African Americans on the plantation.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) seeks to provide a more comprehensive understanding of Jefferson and Monticello by focusing attention on life and work at Jefferson's plantation. This three-year interdisciplinary project will create a permanent exhibition through its restoration and interpretation of eleven of sixteen rooms for living and working located beneath the main house and in flanking wings. Visitors to Monticello will learn more about Jefferson, his family, and individual workers (mainly enslaved people), and their interaction. This project will reveal the nature of plantation life and aspects of the institution of slavery, as they existed at Monticello as well as in the broader historical context of Jefferson's era.

GP-21818-92Public Programs: Special ProjectsMonticelloThomas Jefferson at 250: The Legacy of an American Genius10/1/1992 - 12/31/1993$170,000.00DanielP.Jordan   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1992U.S. HistorySpecial ProjectsPublic Programs16000010000156804.650

To support a national lecture series and a biographical booklet on the legacy of Thomas Jefferson.

HAA-258826-18Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsMonticelloExpanding the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery Research Consortium3/1/2018 - 2/28/2023$375,000.00JillianE.GalleWorthyN.MartinMonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2017ArchaeologyDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities3250005000032500050000

Major infrastructure improvements to the multi-institutional Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery.

Over the past two decades, archaeologists have struggled to discover how the web can help them collaborate across institutional boundaries to generate accurate and commensurate data, share them publicly, and analyze them to advance our understanding of human history. This proposal from the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, based at Monticello, offers linked social and digital strategies that can meet these challenges in the archaeological study of early-modern slave societies. The project seeks Level III funding to enhance proven open-source software ( and training programs that provide our collaborators with flexibility in how they collect data and share it with diverse stakeholders. The project will optimize search and navigation on the DAACS website ( to accommodate a 10-fold increase in the number of archaeological sites represented. The project would demonstrate how a core facility like DAACS can leverage collaboration among researchers working in diverse institutions.

MI-50080-07Public Programs: Museums ImplementationMonticelloInterpreting Jefferson and Monticello in the 21st Century9/1/2007 - 4/30/2009$367,200.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2007U.S. HistoryMuseums ImplementationPublic Programs36720003672000

Implementation of a permanent exhibition in a new visitor's center, including a film, a model of the plantation, a web site, publications, and four copies of a smaller panel exhibition, exploring how Jefferson applied Enlightenment ideas at Monticello.

To provide more comprehensive understanding of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, plans to enhance its established interpretive programs with construction of a new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center (TJVC). The TJVC is designed to educate and excite Monticello?s 450,000 annual visitors about Jefferson?s ideas--not only about Monticello but also about liberty. The new key components are an introductory film, an exhibition pavilion with four galleries, an expanded brochure, a touchable bronze model of the Monticello plantation, four classrooms for school groups, and a hands-on discovery room for families. TJF seeks support from NEH for a permanent exhibition, Jefferson?s American Experiment, the plantation model, the introductory film, the brochure, the Web site, and a traveling exhibition in order to share the ideas with a wider audience. This project was devised with support from an NEH consulting grant awarded in 2004.

PH-20684-94Preservation and Access: National Heritage Preservation ProjectsMonticelloEnvironmental Improvements at Monticello7/1/1994 - 12/31/1996$316,512.00SusanR.Stein   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1994U.S. HistoryNational Heritage Preservation ProjectsPreservation and Access31651203165120

To support the improvement of environmental conditions in Monticello and the purchase of storage furniture for material culture collections.

PW-259091-18Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMonticelloThe Origins of a Slave Society: Digitizing Flowerdew Hundred10/1/2018 - 10/31/2022$315,000.00JillianE.Galle   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2018ArchaeologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access31500003150000

Cataloging and digitization of archaeological collections from the Flowerdew Hundred site, a major 17th-century plantation in the Virginia Tidewater region.  Artifacts, site records, maps, and photographs would be integrated into the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, where they would be made publicly accessible along with materials from approximately 80 other slavery sites in the Atlantic and Caribbean region.   

The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, in collaboration with the University of Virginia Library, will identify, catalog, digitize, and make accessible to diverse stakeholders collections from four of the earliest and most significant 17th-century archaeological sites at Flowerdew Hundred, a thousand acre plantation near Jamestown, Virginia. The occupations of these four sites span a dynamic period of settlement and agricultural expansion in the region. Fifteen of the first 25 enslaved Africans imported into British North America lived at Flowerdew Hundred by 1619. They joined indentured Europeans, neighboring Weanock Indians, and European landowners in shaping mid-17th century plantation settlements. By making accessible a vital part of the limited material record of the social and economic struggles that comprised the 17th-century Chesapeake, this project will provide data to address complex questions about a critical period of America’s development and survival.

PW-50172-08Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMonticelloBeyond the Mansion: Digitizing Thirty Years of Archaeological Research on Slavery at the Hermitage5/1/2008 - 8/31/2012$285,855.00JillianE.Galle   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2008ArchaeologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access28585502858550

The completion of the cataloging of 800,000 artifacts from areas occupied from 1804 to 1858 by enslaved African Americans on Andrew Jackson's residence and plantation.

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, was the home to over 250 enslaved African Americans. Since 1970, archaeological research at The Hermitage has resulted in the collection of over 800,000 artifacts. These artifacts represent one of the largest archaeological collections which document the history of a single community of enslaved people in the New World. The Hermitage Department of Archaeology, in collaboration with the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS), requests NEH funding to allow for the completion of analysis, cataloguing, and uploading to the Internet of the existing Hermitage archaeological collection. In so doing, the Hermitage collection will further advance the comparative study of slavery in the New World.

PW-50357-09Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMonticelloMulberry Row Reassessment: Digitizing a Decade of Archaeological Research on Slavery at Monticello5/1/2009 - 4/30/2012$304,971.00FraserD.Neiman   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2009ArchaeologyHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access30497103049710

The completion of cataloging and digitization of 132,720 archaeological artifacts from areas along Mulberry Row, occupied from 1804 to 1858 by enslaved African Americans at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Plantation, and making the data freely available on the Internet.

In the 1980s archaeologists excavated sixteen sites along Mulberry Row, a dirt path adjacent to the neoclassical mansion that Thomas Jefferson designed and built at Monticello Plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. The sites were once the homes and workspaces of enslaved artisans and domestics. The assemblages recovered were never completely catalogued, depriving both scholars and the general public of the possibility of using them to probe the historical dynamics of slavery at Monticello. Monticello's department of archaeology initiated the Mulberry Row Reassessment in 2000 to digitize completely artifacts, faunal remains, and field records from this decade of fieldwork, following protocols established by the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery. This proposal seeks funds to complete the project, to make the results accessible to scholars and the public on the web, and to enhance our understanding the changing life ways of people enslaved at Monticello.

PW-51724-14Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesMonticelloBeyond the Mansion 2.0: Completing a Digital Archive for Thirty Years of Archaeological Research at The Hermitage6/1/2014 - 5/31/2018$300,000.00JillianE.Galle   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2014U.S. HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access30000003000000

Cataloging and digitization of 365,000 artifacts from Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage, located near Nashville, Tennessee, that document socio-cultural relations between the owners and the enslaved population from the late 18th century through emancipation.

From 1804 until 1845 The Hermitage was home to Andrew Jackson and scores of enslaved men, women, and children who labored in the fields of Jackson's cotton plantation near Nashville, Tennessee. To shed needed light on the daily lives of The Hermitage's enslaved community, archaeologists excavated hundreds of thousands of artifacts from twelve domestic sites of slavery. Despite extensive excavations, compelling insights, based on archaeological evidence, into the economic, social, and cultural dynamics of The Hermitage plantation community have remained elusive. This proposal requests funds to catalog, analyze, digitize and disseminate data on hundreds of thousands of artifacts and archaeological contexts from six excavation areas at the First Hermitage. These collections are currently virtually inaccessible to researchers and the public and making the data available will yield new insights into changing lifeways of enslaved people during the 19th century in the Upper South.

PX-50011-08Preservation and Access: JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration GrantsMonticelloThe St. Kitts-Nevis Digital Archaeology Initiative4/1/2008 - 3/31/2009$132,832.00JillianE.Galle   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2008Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralJISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration GrantsPreservation and Access13283201328320

The development of an integrated digital archive of diverse archaeological and historical data related to the experiences of African slaves who labored on 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century sugar plantations in the Caribbean.

The St. Kitts-Nevis Digital Archaeology Initiative is an innovative collaborative project designed to further scholarship on slavery. An international team of scholars from the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Southampton's Nevis Heritage Project, and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool will digitize and deliver on the Web information from two eighteenth-century plantations and their slave villages, one located on Nevis and the other on St. Kitts. The result will be a first-of-its-kind digital collection of fully searchable archaeological and historical data from multiple slave village sites in the Caribbean. The teams will create a robust digital archive of archaeological and historical data through use of rigorous and well-defined cataloging standards and metadata, insuring interoperability and analytical comparability. DAACS archaeological analysts will catalog all of the archaeological materials to DAACS standards. Ceramicists from the University of Southampton and University of Tennessee will analyze and digitize all slave-made coarse earthenware ceramics. All recovered faunal remains will be digitized at Colonial Williamsburg's Zooarchaeological Laboratory. The rich documentary record of these plantations will be digitized in archives in the United Kingdom and on Nevis and St. Kitts. Both archaeological and documentary data will be freely accessible through two Web-based portals: the research-oriented DAACS Web site and the publicly-oriented International Slavery Museum Web site.

RO-12633Research Programs: Basic ResearchMonticelloAn Enquiry into Realms of Social Valuation2/1/1977 - 1/31/1978$10,200.00Farida Siddiqi   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1977Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralBasic ResearchResearch Programs102000102000

To support an inquiry into how the resolution of social problems through consensus depends on the realm of values involved and the implicit process of social valuation. The grantee will question the growing application of an economic model of valuation and behavior to analysis of social problems. He will consider the realm of economic need separate from the realms of taste, moral norms, scruples, etc. The project which will result in a book, will also consider how concepts of social agreement and coercion must be adapted to the realm of values involved.

RO-20526-83Research Programs: Basic ResearchMonticelloMonticello Black Life/Craft History Archaeological Project3/1/1983 - 5/31/1986$174,800.00WilliamM.Kelso   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1983ArchaeologyBasic ResearchResearch Programs17480001748000

To support the continued excavation and study of the buildings and material remains associated with the artisans and slaves living at Jefferson's plantation, Monticello.

RS-*0314-81Research Programs: State and Local and Regional StudiesMonticelloMonticello Black life/Craft History Archaeological Project3/1/1981 - 2/28/1983$140,000.00WilliamM.Kelso   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA1980ArchaeologyState and Local and Regional StudiesResearch Programs14000001400000

To support archaeological excavation of slave quarters, slave burial grounds, and manufacturing sites at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The project will result in published reports, exhibits and on-site interpretation for the mansion's 450,000 annual visitors.

ZPA-283739-22Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)MonticelloThe "Getting Word" Oral History Project at Monticello: "An Archive of Black Freedom"10/1/2021 - 9/30/2023$375,482.00Andrew Davenport   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2021African American HistoryARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)Agency-wide Projects37548203754820

The retention of oral history project management, archival, and interpretation staff and a historian to create a new digital platform for an African-American oral history project on the descendants of the enslaved at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

The "Getting Word" African American Oral History Project is a unique archive of oral histories and associated research files of families whose ancestors were enslaved by Thomas Jefferson, or who lived at Monticello after his death during the Levy period of ownership (1836–1923). The project documents the history – and humanity – of the people who lived in slavery on the Monticello mountaintop, and chronicles a struggle for freedom across generations of descendants, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. One family descendant cites "Getting Word" as an important "archive of Black Freedom" stretching from Jefferson's lifetime to the present day. The work to migrate the oral history archive onto an accessible digital platform has been suspended due to the pandemic, weakening Monticello’s ability to commemorate the nation’s 250th as we wish and we must, with the fullest possible picture of our nation’s founding -- through the lens of those denied the promise of the Declaration.