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At the recent Virginia Library Association conferenece, we were honored by the presence of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, or at least their Washington Nationals "Racing Presidents" incarnations. I was pleased to link arms with these august personages, and I was most impressed by their...More >>
It seems you can't turn around these days without tripping over a fabulous online digital collection. While searching this morning for an intriguingly-titled Civil War pamphlet (“Interior Causes of the War: The Nation Demonized and its President a Spirit-Rapper," by "A Citizen of Ohio"), I found...More >>
Recently arrived as a very kind gift from two former fellows: Thomas Barclay (1728-1793): Consul in France, Diplomat in Barbary , by Priscilla H. and Richard S. Roberts (Bethlehem, Pa.: Lehigh University Press, 2008). Kudos to the Robertses for applying a dose of rigorous scholarship to this very...More >>
. . . with the news of Barack Obama's election? Historian (and former ICJS Fellow ) Joseph J. Ellis wrote an interesting opinion piece in the L.A. Times yesterday addressing this very question: I never expected to see an African American president in my lifetime. Like the sudden implosion of the...More >>
The latest Journal of Southern History (volume LXXIV no. 4, or 74 for us Roman-numerically-challenged people) carries an article by former ICJS fellow Brian Steele, "Thomas Jefferson, Coercion, and the Limits of Harmonious Union" (pp. 823-854). In the reviews section we have several items of note...More >>
For my Fake TJ Stories files, and for the edification of our 6 devoted readers, I offer the following Reference Question Tale: It is claimed, by websites and other sources various and sundry, that Thomas Jefferson, upon hearing of a meteorite crash in Connecticut in 1807 and its subsequent...More >>
The arrival of the latest William and Mary Quarterly (or WMQ , as I affectionately call it) has occasioned its usual flutter of excitement among its devotees. The following items in the table of contents caught my eye: " Tom Paine's Common Sense and Ours ," by Sophia Rosenfeld " Culture and...More >>
Our new project at the Jefferson Encyclopedia centers around heirloom seeds and plants from the Center for Historic Plants . With the kind help of Peggy (CHP director), we are putting in her information on hundreds of plants, many related to Jefferson. It is a great way to learn more about...More >>
It's not quite brand new, but a number of our staff were positively googly-eyed over this book, so I thought it worth mentioning: A Pattern Book of Tools and Household Goods , published by the Early American Industries Association in cooperation with the http://www.pem.org " tMore >>
...and who doesn't, really? Well, this is the museum exhibit for you: "Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005" kicked off just this past weekend at Winterthur Museum .More >>

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