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Time for the September installment of our monthly series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife , a recipe book published in 1824 by Mary Randolph, kinswoman to Thomas Jefferson. Leni Sorensen, our African American Research Historian and a culinary historian of national repute, has...More >>
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Thomas Jefferson's dining room was restored recently to its original zingy chrome yellow. Recently, the Wall Street Journal featured a story on Jefferson's influence on decorator and former White House design consultant Carleton Varney. Check out the story on The Wall Street Journal online.More >>
Question mark icon over a silhouette of Mary's sister Martha Jefferson Carr.
A while ago I spent a little time (by which I mean maybe 26 hours or so) doing research in response to a patron's question about Mary Jefferson Bolling, Thomas Jefferson's older sister. Sometimes I get a little bit Captain Ahab when I'm doing research. The good news is that we now have an article...More >>
A new six-part lecture series, “Jefferson’s Neighborhood Too” begins Tuesday September 13 on Montalto for a literal, intellectual and figurative overview of Thomas Jefferson’s neighborhood. We’ll also visit the Jefferson home site at Shadwell, then build on previous lectures to incorporate...More >>
As you can see I used very ripe peaches donated to me at the Meade Park Farmer’s
Time for the August installment of our monthly series in which we post a recipe from The Virginia House-wife , a recipe book published in 1824 by Mary Randolph, kinswoman to Thomas Jefferson. Leni Sorensen, our African American Research Historian and a culinary historian of national repute, has...More >>
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Working at The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants would probably be a dream job for almost any horticulturalist; it certainly is for me. I love being a part of an organization that preserves the very spirit of one of America’s most dynamic and interesting founders. It is a feeling shared...More >>
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Muhtar Kent congratulates a new citizen.  Click to view a gallery of images.
“Indeed, we are blessed -- all of us -- to have had founders here in America who had the foresight to create a Constitution that gives us all the right to search for a better life. A life of dignity. A life of freedom.” - Muhtar Kent, Chairman and C.E.O. of the Coca-Cola Corporation I have had the...More >>
In the third and final posting this series, we’ll briefly consider how the intellectual legacies of the New Archaeology affect current archaeological practice and our approach to the reanalysis of Pi-Sunyer ( part 1 ) and Kelso’s ( part 2 ) finds on Mulberry Row. Today, 30 years after Kelso’s work...More >>
“my god! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy.” Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Monroe, June 17, 1785 When I do house tours at Monticello, I sometimes use this quotation in the entrance hall . Jefferson...More >>
As we saw last time , Oriel Pi-Sunyer conducted the first serious archaeogical fieldwork on Mulberry Row in 1957. He relied on an excavation method called cross trenching, whose main goal was finding and exposing masonry foundations. Over 20 years later, William Kelso brought a different set of...More >>

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