Due to the extraordinary response for this year’s July 4th naturalization ceremony, Monticello has now invited you to tune in online to join the festivities on their home page, as Dave Matthews welcomes new citizens from around the world.
This is the first time Monticello has offered live streaming for this event, “broadcasting; at www.monticello.org, at 9 am. Just visit the site and click on the link, to see the live streaming video, and take part yourself in the 237th anniversary of American independence; and commemorate the life of Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Mr. Jefferson died at Monticello at 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Fellow founder and President of the United States — an opponent on occasion and at other times a collaborator and long-time friend, John Adams — also died on that very same day.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967, Dave Matthews is known globally as a singer songwriter, musician and actor whose first public performances were readily embraced in the small University town of Charlottesville, Virginia and whose roots run deep in that community, having been involved in a number of very creative collaborations with other musicians and actors at the outset of his career.
Dave Matthews became a naturalized citizen himself, 33 years ago.
Recently the Dave Matthews Band announced that they will tour South Africa for the first time, performing in Cape Town on November 30th, 2013 and in Johannesburg — where Matthews was born — on December 3, 2013, at the Coca-Cola Dome. Supporting the DMB, will be the legendary musician and longtime friend, Vusi Mahlasela.
For more than 100 years, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) made it a priority to assist individuals in their efforts to become naturalized citizens, and for the past 85 years they have published the “DAR Manual For Citizenship,” available to anyone at no charge, to download as a portable document format (PDF) file.
The topics include a number of very interesting details, including “the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, democracy, U.S. government, roles of citizens, the U.S. Flag, Statute of Liberty and becoming a citizen.”
Monticello is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation which exists to preserve and to educate and inform and which receives no ongoing local, state or federal funding.
In 1987, Monticello and the University of Virginia’s Academical Village were together named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Thomas Jefferson, third president, philosopher, scientist, historian, and author of the Declaration of the Independence, helped establish the foundations of self-government and individual freedom we know today. Jefferson’s words—the Declaration and his more than 19,000 letters—and his architecture—including Monticello and the University of Virginia— provide a lens for scholars and visitors today to view the beginnings of early America.
In December 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee recognized the significance of Jefferson’s architecture and its importance for future generations.