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Blog Posts by Anna Berkes

Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.

Dear American Heritage Dictionary , 4th edition (2009): Hello! How are you? Ahem. It has recently come to my attention that your definition of Founding Father (capitalized) reads thusly: "A member of the convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution in 1787." Now, as you may know, Thomas Jefferson...More >>
Unfortunately it's been a bizarre week for us here (hence the dearth of blog entries), but I did want to highlight our new exhibit, which is singularly appropriate for Mothers' Day. It features Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks, mother of Meriwether Lewis . Lucy was a healer/midwife/doctor person who...More >>
Reference question: For whom is Carolina Ramsay Randolph (Thomas Jefferson's great-granddaughter, daughter of his oldest grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph) named? Search strategy: Search the Family Letters Project for nice letter saying "Today we had a baby girl and named her Carolina Ramsay...More >>
I was unaware of this, but it seems that our beloved local apple, the Albemarle Pippin , is in fact a native of New York (just like Your Correspondent, here). The Big Apple has decided to get serious about jettisoning the image of the vile-tasting but very photogenic Red Delicious Apple in favor of...More >>
Some weeks ago a book was returned to us, and its back cover caught my eye. As it happens, the book itself, as well as its author, are well worth examination, even though they seem not to be as well known as they should be. For those of you who are unfamiliar with her, Marie Goebel Kimball was...More >>
Cue the angel chorus! At long long long last, the Papers of Thomas Jefferson are now available online ! (And this morning I see that the site is already down. Perhaps we have already loved it to death. I'm sure it will be back up presently.) The site currently provides the full content, including...More >>
Our unofficial motto here at the Jefferson Library is "A Good Place to Eat," so it seems highly appropriate that this week we are hosting a lecture on food (at which there will also be food, or so I'm told - I hope that means fried things!): Early American Southern Cuisine Nancy Carter Crump, a...More >>
Today was the grand opening of the new Monticello Visitor Center & Smith Education Center , and we are sooooooo tired right now. It was a full-on, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners, pedal-to-the-medal extravaganza, with a fife and drum corps, a gospel choir, the municipal band, Miss Virginia,...More >>
I feel obliged to inform you, if you didn't already know, that it's Thomas Jefferson's 266th birthday today. In honor of the day, I thought I'd direct your attention to a lovely essay I discovered a few weeks ago: " Mr. Jefferson and I share Garden Notes ." The author, in the course of busily...More >>
Jefferson's got something uncannily insightful to say about everything (or so it seems), so I suppose it was only a matter of time before comparisons of the current Somali Pirate Situation to Jefferson's Barbary Pirate Situation starting popping up like daffodils. Just a sideways mention at first...More >>



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