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The National Weather Service bestows awards each year for outstanding-ness in their Cooperative Weather Observer Program; the award is, appropriately enough, named after Thomas Jefferson. This year's winner is Brother Anselm of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas . TJ would be proud!More >>
Last September, I received a question from someone looking for a Jefferson letter titled, "The Value of Constitutions." Jefferson didn't usually bother to give his letters titles, so this was a bit puzzling. I finally figured out that this letter had been published in a volume edited by Edward...More >>
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A kitchen garden at the White House is not a new idea. In the early years of the nation, vegetables grew regularly at the White House and many people remember Eleanor Rosevelt's victory garden. Not only is Michelle Obama's garden a nod to the White House past, but it is part of a broader movement...More >>
Once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf published a short, fascinating article in The Guardian just yesterday - the Obamas are digging up a patch to plant vegetables at the White House, following a long tradition of presidential vegetable gardeners, including Our Man TJ (of course).More >>
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So, I just joined Goodreads , a large online community for readers, and lo and behold, there is a Thomas Jefferson book discussion group and forum, called The Monticello Cabinet! It started this past January, and with 9 members, they are presently reading The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson.More >>
The Mental Floss blog is having a Tournament of Genius instead. Thomas Jefferson was pitted against Bill James in round 1 (Division II) and came out on top - we'll see how he does against John Stuart Mill in Round 2...More >>
Well, it's the 144th birthday of Paul Leicester Ford. I know you're asking, who the heck's that guy? (Or maybe you're not, if you work at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson/Retirement Series ). But perhaps you don't know about all the fascinating and cool things he did, so I'll tell you: published his...More >>
The Bradford pear trees are blooming this week (at least I think they're Bradford pear trees, but I have been known to misidentify plants), and for once on the first official day of the season it actually seems like said season. Just in time for all this, there's a new book from the University of Virginia Press: Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation WoMore >>
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I've already mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but this blogger's discussion of David G. Post's In Search of Jefferson's Moose is so interesting I feel compelled to point it out. If this subject interests you in the least, it's well worth a look. Although I love a good Jefferson quote as...More >>
And by "extravaganza" I mean "two book reviews in one issue." In the latest Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 117 no. 1): Douglas L. Wilson reviews Kevin Hayes' book, The Road to Monticello (review-o-meter: Wilson thinks the book is too long. The word "leaden" is used.) Catherine...More >>

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