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Albemarle County fifth graders get free visit to Monticello
by Noah Zeidman | Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.
A volunteer shares facts about Thomas Jefferson while students from Agnor Hurt Elementary School wait to enter Monticello
A volunteer shares facts about Thomas Jefferson while students from Agnor Hurt Elementary School wait to enter Monticello
Students and families approach the entrance to Thomas Jefferson's house
Students and families approach the entrance to Thomas Jefferson's house
Students observe Native American artifacts collected by Thomas Jefferson
Students observe Native American artifacts collected by Thomas Jefferson
A tour leader shows Agnor Hurt Elementary students and their families a Native American quilt by the main entrance of Monticello
A tour leader shows Agnor Hurt Elementary students and their families a Native American quilt by the main entrance of Monticello
Students learn about portraits, silhouettes and statue busts in Thomas Jefferson's daughter's room
Students learn about portraits, silhouettes and statue busts in Thomas Jefferson's daughter's room
The tour group sees an early, rough copy of the Declaration of Independence
The tour group sees an early, rough copy of the Declaration of Independence
The tour leader describes Jefferson's book collection in his reading room
The tour leader describes Jefferson's book collection in his reading room
The students closely examine a collection of Jefferson's mementos, including his reading glasses
The students closely examine a collection of Jefferson's mementos, including his reading glasses
At an outdoor activity station, students learn to write with a quill and ink
At an outdoor activity station, students learn to write with a quill and ink
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In keeping with their mission to educate people about Thomas Jefferson, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation invited Albemarle County fifth graders and their families to Monticello Tuesday for free tours and activities. The fifth grade curriculum includes Virginia history, so the event was an appropriate capstone to the school year. Many of the students and family members had never visited Monticello before. After snacks and activities near the visitor center, volunteers walked the visitors through Monticello and explained the significance of each artifact-filled room. Other educational activities, like writing with a quill and using an antique telescope, took place outside. Over 60 families attended throughout the day.

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Place Monticello
Tags Albemarle