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This month's Magazine Antiques features an article by Cybèle Gontar on Campeachy (Campeche) chairs - the article is heavy on the TJ content. Campeachy chairs , for those who may be unfamiliar with them, are curious low-slung neo-something pieces of furniture, of which Jefferson was inordinately fond and owned several. Sitting in one shifts your center of gravity in such a way that they are right tricky to get out of.More >>
Dear American Heritage Dictionary , 4th edition (2009): Hello! How are you? Ahem. It has recently come to my attention that your definition of Founding Father (capitalized) reads thusly: "A member of the convention that drafted the U.S. Constitution in 1787." Now, as you may know, Thomas Jefferson...More >>
Guesty commentary Financial crises are nothing new in American history. The Panic of 1819 was the first of them, and it was one about which Jefferson had strong feelings. For several years, he had been watching the unregulated banking system of the time careen wildly out of control and predicted...More >>
Unfortunately it's been a bizarre week for us here (hence the dearth of blog entries), but I did want to highlight our new exhibit, which is singularly appropriate for Mothers' Day. It features Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks, mother of Meriwether Lewis . Lucy was a healer/midwife/doctor person who...More >>
What make of car would Jefferson drive? What make of car would Jefferson drive? (use "Other" to suggest model or a make/model not listed) ( poll ) Post a comment with your suggestion.More >>
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Reference question: For whom is Carolina Ramsay Randolph (Thomas Jefferson's great-granddaughter, daughter of his oldest grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph) named? Search strategy: Search the Family Letters Project for nice letter saying "Today we had a baby girl and named her Carolina Ramsay...More >>
Invocations and indictments of Jefferson often appear in unlikely places. But in relation to a remake of a corny 1970s TV space saga? Hmm. Seems like a jump worthy of an FTL drive. But if you like history, science fiction, or literary criticism, you might enjoy this Sarah Yahm review of the series...More >>
I was unaware of this, but it seems that our beloved local apple, the Albemarle Pippin , is in fact a native of New York (just like Your Correspondent, here). The Big Apple has decided to get serious about jettisoning the image of the vile-tasting but very photogenic Red Delicious Apple in favor of...More >>
Some weeks ago a book was returned to us, and its back cover caught my eye. As it happens, the book itself, as well as its author, are well worth examination, even though they seem not to be as well known as they should be. For those of you who are unfamiliar with her, Marie Goebel Kimball was...More >>
Citing President Jefferson's historic battle against the Barbary pirates, Chuck Norris calls for similar action against present-day "sea radicals." Read why Walker, Texas Ranger wants the United States to deliver a Thomas Jefferson-style, roundhouse kick to the Somali pirates who menace commercial...More >>
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