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Gary Sandling

Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello)
Vice President of Visitor Programs & Services
Charlottesville, Virginia
Gary serves as Vice-President of Visitor Programs and Services at Monticello. His role is to leverage the Foundation’s scholarly work for Monticello’s more than 400,000 visitors annually through tours, workshops, and activities onsite and digital resources offsite. He has been at Monticello since 2005. He worked for six years at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation training interpretive staff, planning programs, and as a site supervisor. Gary has produced new tours and programs and collaborated with colleagues in the exhibitions on Mulberry Row and the Monticello House including the Life of Sally Hemings exhibition. He is also serves as Immediate Past President of the Virginia Association of Museums.
Gary began his career in the Teach for America program teaching middle-school social studies for two years in rural Louisiana. He is a 1991 graduate from Vanderbilt University in History and Classical Studies. He attended graduate school at Yale University, receiving M.A. and M. Phil. degrees in History.


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