Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, created by 108 renowned authors and illustrators and The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, introduction by David McCullough, Candlewick Press, 241 pages, 2008; softcover 2010.more »
Much as I love debunking Jefferson quotations that were probably made up by college students last week on Facebook, it’s somewhat more intellectually stimulating to revisit some venerable old spurious quotes. There’s a whole slew of these that are routinely attributed to Jefferson and various others, and you’ll see most of them dealt with in all the standard quotation references. Whatever the apparent vintage of the spurious quote, however, I find that it behooves me to keep searching for them at regular intervals. Those heroic scannemore »
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 Monticello from Jefferson Monroe Levy, they found themselves a little short. So they conceived a cunning plan, of course – they woulmore »
On July 20, 2010, the New York Times published a thoughtful essay on Jefferson's lessons for relating to the Middle East Ted Widmer of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Says Widmer, "More than most founders, Thomas Jefferson has a way of returning to the news cycle."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 you never know when the seemingly-unbelievable story happens to be true, and then we have egg on our face if it turns out we’ve made too much fun of the story.more »