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

Music in the Parlor, detail from illustration by Gail McIntosh
Dancing, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “is a healthy exercise, elegant and very attractive for young people.” Dance is an aspect of Jefferson's legacy that we honestly had not considered in detail before. The recent events involving the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC provided an opportunity for the...More >>
Peter G. Peterson
Prepared Remarks at Celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s 268th Birthday Charlottesville, Virginia April 13, 2011 Watch a video of this speech » Thank you, Gene, for your kind introduction. And thank you to Leslie Greene Bowman and Don King of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. To Dean Harry Harding and...More >>
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Jefferson Today
PTJ:RS Volume 7
Tune in to Charlottesville—Right Now! with Coy Barefoot this evening at 5 p.m. on News Radio 1070 WINA to hear Jeff Looney, editor-in-chief of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series discuss the recent release of Volume 7 of the Retirement Series. You can listen through the web at the...More >>
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Cabbage in the kitchen
Over on Facebook , we've been running a series of monthly notes in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife , the recipe book published in 1824 by Thomas Jefferson's kinswoman, Mary Randolph. Now that we have a shiny new blog, we'll start posting them here instead and link to them from...More >>
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Food and drink
Monticello has a 30-second film spot running six times daily on the huge outdoor screen at the U.S. Pavilion of the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The video runs daily through October and can seen by millions of Expo visitors. The 30-second message was made with images from Monticello’s acclaimed...More >>
N ational Public Radio reported yesterday on the adoption of the yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flag by Tea Party activists. They spoke to historian (and former ICJS research fellow and advisory board member) Joseph Ellis about the history of that flag and its symbolism: Text of and audio link to the...More >>
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Jefferson Today
I mmediately following President Obama’s State of the Union address, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered the Republican response and quoted Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address in making the party’s case that “the federal government is simply trying to do too much.” Full text of Gov. McDonnell’s...More >>
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A recent national survey by the American Revolution Center turned up some pretty grim statistics about the state of knowledge about the Revolution. Among the findings, "Many more Americans remember that Michael Jackson sang 'Beat It' than know that the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution."...More >>
Peter Onuf, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia (and a great friend of Monticello) wrote a thought-provoking piece in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star about the nature of Americans' views of liberty from the earliest days of the republic: We...More >>
Ben Gelber, meteorologist and author of The Pennsylvania Weather Book , wrote an op-ed piece in today's New York Times in which he examines how Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and other luminaries of 18th-century science debated issues of climate in their own day. Read the piece at The New York...More >>



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