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The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello announces the release of Religion, State and Society: Jefferson's Wall of Separation in Comparative Perspective , a compilation of essays that examine the separation of religion and state in a comparative perspective with...More >>
Oh happy day: volume 5 of Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series has arrived. This brings us up through March 1813 - only 13 years, 3 months, and 4 days to go! (Er, plus the remaining seven years of his presidency .) In this installment, TJ "receives many requests for governmental patronage...More >>
Recently unveiled murals of Monticello and Mount Vernon at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art capture the contradiction found in two slave-owning founders of American freedom. Created by artist Kerry Marshall, the murals depict the presidents' homes in vivid color but a closer look reveals the...More >>
In the latest issue of Early American Life is an article by once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf, "The Brother Gardeners," described thusly: A mutual love of plants drew American John Bartram and Englishman Peter Collinson into a long-term partnership that changed the face of European gardening...More >>
A few days ago I set up a Google Alert to let me know when any new material appeared on the Internet (or technically speaking, in Google's index of the Internet) with the phrase "Thomas Jefferson." Amidst all the reportage of Thomas Jefferson High School's basketball triumph over West Diddlyfunk...More >>
Here's something exciting for the foodies among you: “Colonial Hearths, Country Cookstoves: Exploring the Culinary Legacies of Mary Randolph and Edna Lewis” A Special Culinary Program celebrating “Virginia Women in History” and “African American Trailblazers in Virginia History,” sponsored by the...More >>
An interesting work just arrived: Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World , by Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O'Brien (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007). Chapter 4 features an "examination" of Our Man Jefferson, in support of the hypothesis that he had Asperger's Syndrome. It's...More >>
Just crossed our desk from our neighbors at the Fluvanna County Historical Society: We will have a lecture on Sunday, March 1 at 3pm at the Historic Courthouse in Palmyra with Alan Pell Crawford and Rick Britton on the subject of President Jefferson. Both authors will be signing their newest books...More >>
This weekend, paleontologists finished removing fossilized mammoth bones from a construction site at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. The coincidence of unearthing ancient bones on the site of a school bearing the name of a man fascinated with fossils was not lost on Dean Rudy Hasl...More >>
In honor of Presidents' Day, I tried really hard to think of some Abraham Lincoln-themed material for this post, but the best I could come up with was a blurb about a work of fiction set during George Washington's presidency. Over Christmas I finally finished a book that I'd been serially checking...More >>



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