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Monticello (2010)

After huge success and national recognition for its pilot initiative at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™ service-learning program worked with 200 students from Sutherland Middle School in Albemarle County, Virginia.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Arundel Family Foundation, these sixth-grade students experienced history like never before. From start to finish they created mini-movies offering their interpretation of national history at a World Heritage Site within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area – Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

After they selected their topics, the kids served as writers, editors, photographers, choreographers, set and costume designers, videographers, public relations personnel and even accountants to produce their vodcasts.

The finished vodcasts were unveiled on June 22, 2010 at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s 4th Annual Conference with Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss and epic American-history director and producer Ron Maxwell welcoming the students into the movie world.

The vodcasts now are being used as interpretive material by both Monticello and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, so students of all ages can view and learn from the Albemarle students’ unique perspectives.

Watch our vodcasts below
  • Childhood Games: Thomas Jefferson's Childhood

    Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA show us Thomas Jefferson's childhood and what made him say, "Aha! I have an idea to change the world."

  • When You Litter, What Would Thomas Jefferson Say?

    Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA are visited by the ghost of Thomas Jefferson who teaches them to respect nature and to not destroy our natural surroundings.

  • Take a Look: Slavery Through the Eyes of a Visitor from Another Planet

    What if an alien came to earth to do a project on the history of slavery? Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA take a unique look at a complex topic.

  • Ride On, Jack Jouett!

    Who was Jack Jouett and why is he considered the "Paul Revere" of the South? Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA tell the story of this brave man's efforts to warn Thomas Jefferson of a kidnapping plot and how history might have been different if he failed.

  • Naturalization: Becoming a US Citizen at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

    Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA look at naturalization--becoming a US Citizen. They also address the question, "What is citizenship and why is it important?".

  • Jack's Choice: The Man Who Warned Thomas Jefferson

    Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA tell the story of the brave Jack Jouett and how he saved Thomas Jefferson. 

  • Jefferson's Crib

    Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA take you on a very unique tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

  • Jeffersonian Thriller

    Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA compare what Thomas Jefferson enjoyed as a child to what kids like to do today.

  • Dream Secrets: A "Revolutionary Inventor"

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if Thomas Jefferson's inventions came to life? Students from Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA take a new look at what made Jefferson a "revolutionary inventor". 

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