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Helen Cripe, who wrote The Book on Jefferson and all things music , has been hanging out with us at the library for the last month, which has been pretty cool. She's been working on re-configuring her magnum opus into the next Monticello Monograph. (Personally, I've been getting a big kick out of...More >>
Well, I've missed our President's actual inauguration by several days, but I'd like to belatedly commemorate the occasion by offering an intriguing historical tidbit about - yes! - Jefferson's first inauguration . The point I'd like to address (ha ha, pun alert) may seem a bit ridiculously minor to...More >>
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Everyone knows that Thomas Jefferson loved wine, but did you know that he also brewed his own beer at Monticello? In Wednesday's Washington Post , Jenny Mayo writes about a recent trip to Monticello, her first stop on the up-and-coming Charlottesville, Va., beer trail. Mayo writes: "It turns out...More >>
The arrival of our annual issue of the Magazine of Albemarle County History is always eagerly awaited. This year's issue has some special visual goodies: possibly the first photographs ever taken of Monticello, in Antoinette W. Roades' article, "Photographed by William Roads: A Portrait of the Artist Through the Lens of His Work" (35-66 - images of Monticello on page 61). Along with possibly being the First Photos Ever of Monticello, these could also possibly be the Saddest Photos Ever of Monticello - it's looking pretty decrepit at that point in time (late 1860s).More >>
In a special commemorative edition of Newsweek , history professor and National Book Award winner Annette Gordon-Reed writes about the founder's vision and how it ultimately led to the election of America's first black president.More >>
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In his inaugural address Tuesday, Barack Obama called on Americans to remain hopeful of America's promise in the face of war and economic troubles and to set aside political differences, calling to mind Jefferson's words from the Declaration of Independence: "The time has come to reaffirm our...More >>
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Joseph Ellis, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author of American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson , writes in Sunday's Washington Post that Barack Obama's history-making oath is rooted in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence. Ellis writes: "If history is, as they say, an...More >>
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One of the best parts about our jobs as librarians is that we run across some wicked-cool bits of information. Ever since first reading Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia , I've been curious about one particular passage (of course, I wonder about these things because I'm a big time science...More >>
The sole quotation cited in President Bush’s 13-minute final address to the nation last night was from Thomas Jefferson’s 1816 letter to John Adams in which he wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”More >>
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The crew and passengers of the Thomas Jefferson helped rescue more than 50 US Airways passengers stranded in the icy Hudson River after Thursday's plane crash. "They were cheering when we pulled up," said Capt. Vince Lombardi.More >>

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