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Back in the 1920s, when the nascent Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (my current employer, now called the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., and not to be confused with the Monticello Association or the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association ) was trying to scrape together the cash to purchase...More >>
From the Reference Question files: “I’ve heard that Thomas Jefferson was a volunteer firefighter. Is this true?” If I had better PhotoShop skills, I would whip up a picture of TJ wearing a firehat. You all will just have to imagine how funny that would be. Well, now we have to be serious, because...More >>
Lots of people ask us for recommendations for which Jefferson biography to read, but the choices are so many and people’s tastes so varied that answering this question is always a bit tricky. So I thought I’d ask the audience: which would you recommend? I’ll prime the pump with a list of...More >>
Oh, Peter Jefferson ! So fascinating, yet so mysterious. I never knew you designed a house, for instance. Recently I ran across a 1990 article from the Raleigh (NC) News and Observer , which claimed that TJ’s father, Peter Jefferson (not Thomas Jefferson - they were very definite about that), had...More >>
Maybe we don’t have Jefferson’s actual letters here at the Jefferson Library, but we have other cool stuff – oh yes we do! One perhaps less showy-cool but nonetheless important sort of thing we have here is books, correspondence, and research notes from a lot of the great Jefferson scholars. You...More >>
I know that when you want the latest hot Jefferson biography, it must seem like aeons until it is ready for you. Well, I am here to tell you that we are not just sitting on your book, twiddling our thumbs. No! We are doing Very Important Things to that book. You can’t see it, but we’re doing it...More >>
A while ago, I was perusing the Memorandum Books , which Marie Kimball very eloquently (but somewhat over-optimistically) described as “candid tattlers of Jefferson’s every move,” when I spotted something curious. 1776 Aug. 8. Pd. Dowig for mourning ring 45/ thimble 4/6. Dowig, I presume, is the...More >>
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So, I logged onto WordPress a few days ago, with vague thoughts of doing a semi-religion-related post, when I saw this . A sign from God? Well, at the very least, it’s a sign from Barbie dressed up as an Episcopalian minister, and that’s good enough for me. Now, last time I talked about religion...More >>
We are having some calamitous (for Virginia) weather lately - an astonishingly brutal winter altogether so far, in fact. I'm told the kids are calling it "Snowpocalypse," or "Snowtorious B.I.G." So I thought it would be nice to shamelessly mooch off some splendid research done by one of my...More >>
Everybody loves countdowns, right? Right. So, I’ve come up with my own list of things people get wrong about Jefferson, based on my extensive observation of the stuff people put on the Internet or ask us about. Here goes: Thomas Jefferson wrote the Constitution. That would be the Declaration of...More >>



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