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The Monticello Society

Thomas Jefferson
"I cannot live without books."

These words were written by Thomas Jefferson in a correspondence to his friend John Adams on June 10, 1815.  The enrichment of books was so appreciated by Jefferson that he sent his cherished library to the nation's capital to create the Library of Congress.

The Monticello Society

Just as Jefferson's life would not have been fulfilled without books and knowledge, the ability of Jefferson College to provide knowledge to others would not be fulfilled without the generosity of donors to the Jefferson College Foundation.  The Foundation honors and publicly recognizes top donors whose generosity, qualities of leadership, and commitment allow it to fulfill its mission, and provide Jefferson College and its students with the financial support it needs for quality programs, services and facilities.  This elite list of donors is respectfully known as The Monticello Society.

The Monticello Society is comprised of individuals, corporations, and organizations whose significant life-time contributions to the Foundation since its inception in 1991 include bequests, planned gifts, scholarships, in kind and cash.  New members are added through careful review and selection of donors to the Foundation during each year, and are recognized at a special reception held in their honor at which they are presented with the Jefferson Cup and become permanent members of the prestigious Jefferson College Monticello Society.

The Jefferson Cup

Jefferson's friend and teacher, George Wythe, had willed two large drinking beakers to Thomas Jefferson.  Jefferson decided to have them, along with two of his own mugs, melted into eight drinking cups of his own design.  He sent them to a Richmond, Virginia silversmith by the name of John Letelier, along with the request that the cups be exactly fashioned to his description.  The cups arrived at Monticello in 1810 and were used for the rest of Jefferson's life as part of his regular dining setting.  Typically the cups were filled with beer and cider at dinner and afterwards used as tumblers for wine.  Upon Jefferson's death in 1826, his wife gave one to each of their six children and one to a grandson.  Six cups have survived, four of which remain at Monticello.  A classic design, rich in American history.

Monticello Society Members

Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers Local #63
Ameren Missouri
Amvets Auxiliary Post 48
AT&T Missouri
David Ault
Big River Ladies Auxiliary Post #5331
The Family of Earl R. Blackwell
Bloomsdale Excavating, Inc.
Dale and Cathy Boemler
Mark A. Buehrle
Tom and Vicki Burke
Community Health Center of Jefferson County
Commerce Bank & The William T. Kemper Foundation
Robert Dewoskin
Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers
Dow Chemical Company

Enterprise Bancshares Foundation
Enterprise Bank &
Trust (formerly Eagle Bank) 
First State Community Bank
Govero Land Services, Inc.
Dr. Julia C. Hampton
Justin & Jennifer Hansen
Frances V. Herrell
Holcim Inc.
Home Builders Association
Hopson Lumber Company
Branton and D. Jane Houser
Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Committee
Jefferson County Democrats
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Jefferson Community Foundation
Dr. Bill & Michelle Kennen
Krieg, Lohbeck & Company
Lillian A. Mangelsdorf
William and Debbie McKenna

Mercy Hospital Jefferson (formerly Jefferson Regional Medical Center)
Missouri Natural Gas CompanyThe Mysun Charitable Foundation
Harry & Genie Mueller
PEO Chapter FR
Pepsi-Cola Companies
Judith A. Riddle
Larry and Beverly Sapaugh
Charles and Anna Sheehan
Sheet Metal Contractors Inc.
Specialized Catering/Food Service Consultants
St. Anthony’s Medical Center
Jack C. Taylor
Twin City Area Optimists Club
Twin City Chamber of Commerce
Vest Benefit Solutions, Rick Vest

Mike Walsh (Eagle Bank)
Zion United Methodist Church