Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration, Curatorial, and Historic Facilities
How did the Campaign make a difference in your work?
The Campaign had a direct impact on the Restoration Department’s work to maintain and restore Monticello. Each department at Monticello contributes to the preservation of the mountaintop, and expanding the endowment has ensured that the Foundation’s record of excellence can be continued into the 21st century. Similarly, the effort to finally complete Jefferson’s papers is invaluable to our work restoring Monticello. The knowledge they are unlocking every day expands our understanding of Jefferson’s autobiographical house and its appearance during his lifetime. Finally, without a successful campaign it would simply not be possible to complete restoration projects that are essential to the Foundation’s educational mission. With help from the Campaign, we built on remarkable past chapters of Monticello's restoration by focusing on nationally significant first-floor spaces, and by restoring the two surviving Jefferson-era buildings on Mulberry Row.