Vice President Visitor Programs
Monticello/ Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Gary Sandling is Vice President of Visitor Programs & Services at Monticello, the UNESCO World Heritage Site plantation and principal residence of Thomas Jefferson. He oversees Monticello’s public programming for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He has been at Monticello for thiteen years and and he facilitates the creation of new tours, programs, conferences, workshops, and assists in development of new exhibtions. Gary has served on interpretive planning teams for the exhibitions in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello as well as restoration and exhibitions efforts in Monticello’s upper floor rooms and along Mulberry Row. He is part of the interpretive team planning the restoration and exhibition of the South Wing restoration project including a restoed space that tells the story of Sally Hemings life and the lives of her children by Thomas Jefferson. He also recently charied the planning commitee for a conference in collaboration with UNESCO, US/ICOMOS, and the University of Virginia highlighing new approaches to interpreting slavery and aboition thrpoughout the Atlantic World at museums and historic sites.
Gary is the project lead on an IMLS National Leadership Grant to develop an evaluation toolkit using Q-Sort Methodology for assessing how and what teachers learn at on-site professional development programs at historic sites. Prior to graduate work in history at Yale and eighteen years working in historic sites, Gary was in the Teach for America program and taught 8th grade US History in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. He is also the immediate Past President of the Virginia Association of Museums.
Wednesday, May 9
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM