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Albemarle Monthly magazine just published in its February-March 2007 issue a profile of the Jefferson Library, replete with lovely photographs of our building. Unfortunately, the article isn't available online, but you can still see a little of what you're looking for . That same issue has some...More >>
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One of our informants encountered a story, related by one Thomas Bloomer Balch, a Presbyterian minister writing about a visit to Monticello ca. 1839, and remembering his childhood in the D.C. area (published in "Picturesque Narratives. South West Range," The Christian World vol. 3 (August 1843))...More >>
The latest issue of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 115, no. 1) has an article of interest to Jefferson and University of Virginia scholars: "Mr. Jefferson's University: Women in the Village!" by Phyllis Leffler. VMHB is sadly not available online (not to us, anyway), but the...More >>
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As a book reviewer, I found myself looking at a new book entitled: The Pursuit of Glory: Europe, 1648-1815 by Tim Blanning coming out in June. It is a good book and it gives you a broad approach to the field, which is nice. So, if you are looking for topics such as marriage, religion, and...More >>
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The latest issue of the Journal of the Early Republic (27 no. 1, Spring 2007) is a feast for the Jefferson aficionado, including: "Beyond the Wall: Reinterpreting Jefferson's Danbury Address," by Johann N. Neem Richard Alan Ryerson reviews Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John FerlingMore >>
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The Jefferson Library is approaching its 5 th anniversary this April. When I saw the completed building five years ago, I couldn’t help but wonder how Jefferson himself would perceive the building. Architecture aside, I think he would love the space for all those books . It would not be such a...More >>
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The Internet, it seems, is a breeding ground for spurious Jefferson quotations. I suppose I shouldn't complain about this, since I secretly (okay, it's not a secret now) enjoy hunting the wily Jefferson Quotation. Most of the time they turn out not to be Jefferson quotations at all. I will ruminate on that at some future point, but for now I want to highlight an interesting case in point.More >>
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One of our former ICJS fellows alerted us to the following news story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6332545.stm . Apparently scientists have found that Thomas Jefferson's DNA belongs to a Y-chromosome haplogroup (K2) commonly found in the Middle East and North Africa; one of the suggested...More >>
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Sometimes we get inexplicable rashes of questions. There was the "Jefferson wanting Indians to wear pants" one a few weeks ago (which remains unexplicated). This past week it's been people asking us if Sally Hemings is buried under the Hampton Inn . In a disappointing case of fiction being stranger...More >>
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A little birdie told me... On Saturday February 10, Professor Bob Miller will talk about his book, Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny , on Native American Radio Live with host Albert Cata. Bob will be on the program from 4:30-5:45 p.m...More >>
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