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In the latest issue of Early American Life is an article by once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf, "The Brother Gardeners," described thusly: A mutual love of plants drew American John Bartram and Englishman Peter Collinson into a long-term partnership that changed the face of European gardening...More >>
A few days ago I set up a Google Alert to let me know when any new material appeared on the Internet (or technically speaking, in Google's index of the Internet) with the phrase "Thomas Jefferson." Amidst all the reportage of Thomas Jefferson High School's basketball triumph over West Diddlyfunk...More >>
Here's something exciting for the foodies among you: “Colonial Hearths, Country Cookstoves: Exploring the Culinary Legacies of Mary Randolph and Edna Lewis” A Special Culinary Program celebrating “Virginia Women in History” and “African American Trailblazers in Virginia History,” sponsored by the...More >>
An interesting work just arrived: Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World , by Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O'Brien (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007). Chapter 4 features an "examination" of Our Man Jefferson, in support of the hypothesis that he had Asperger's Syndrome. It's...More >>
Just crossed our desk from our neighbors at the Fluvanna County Historical Society: We will have a lecture on Sunday, March 1 at 3pm at the Historic Courthouse in Palmyra with Alan Pell Crawford and Rick Britton on the subject of President Jefferson. Both authors will be signing their newest books...More >>
In honor of Presidents' Day, I tried really hard to think of some Abraham Lincoln-themed material for this post, but the best I could come up with was a blurb about a work of fiction set during George Washington's presidency. Over Christmas I finally finished a book that I'd been serially checking...More >>
Just received: The Art and Science of William Bartram , by Judith Magee (published in a gigantic and gorgeous edition by my alma mater, Pennsylvania State University , in association with the Natural History Museum , London, in 2007). I can't think how I missed this one when it first came out, but...More >>
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I'd like to draw your attention to the new trailer that's been put up on our website that previews the new film produced for the new Visitors Center. It's even got an explosion.More >>
Now that George Washington has had his makeover , it's Martha's turn. Forensic anthropologists have done an age regression on Martha Washington based on a 1796 portrait, and the news media are all aflutter at the results . (In fact they seem unable to report this story without using the words "...More >>
The Library of Virginia announced in its latest e-newsletter that they have launched two (2) shiny new websites. The new main library website is at http://beta.lva.virginia.gov (which, among its many other fine qualities, is a URL slightly easier to remember than its predecessor, http://www.lva.lib...More >>

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