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Reading a recent New York Times article on the future of reading and video games was interesting. Many people are struggling with the questions of how video games affect reading and how games are trying to help non-readers read more in their lives. Jefferson, of course, did not have to face the...More >>
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It's a topic that has proved endlessly fascinating for a long time (and has inspired quite a body of writing ): Thomas Jefferson and his love of wine. It's probably because a lot of us can sympathize. We were excited to learn that a locally-produced story about Jefferson, wine, and the efforts to...More >>
Melissa Renspie, Senior Communications Officer at OCLC, reports that, "our latest publication, a report on library, archive and museum collaboration by our contractor, Diane Zorich, and Program Officers Günter Waibel and Ricky Erway, "Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums," (.pdf: 334K/59pp) is now available on the RLG Programs Web site at http://www.oclc.org/programs/publications/reports/2008-05.pdf .More >>
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Part of my work for the Jefferson Encyclopedia is to canvass the Information Files here at the library. I look for research reports and documentary references that Monticello researchers have done over the years. Many people never knew that there was information out there on a particular topic...More >>
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A patron asked us about a very unusual quotation the other day: apparently someone, sometime said that Thomas Jefferson was "...a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father..."; this was supposedly a comment made by Jefferson's...More >>
In his new book, The Leaders We Deserve (and a few we didn't) , Alvin Felzenberg does not create one master presidential ranking, but creates certain categories and ranks each president in those categories. So, how did Jefferson do? Pretty good, let's take a look. On a score from 5 (the highest) to...More >>
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It was announced this week that the Homestead Resort in Bath County intends to restore the historic bathhouses that surround their famed mineral pools (now called the Jefferson Pools). Thomas Jefferson is just one of the thousands of Virginians, aristocratic and ordinary, who have sought the...More >>
For your reading enjoyment, here are some other possible names for this blog that we either came up with ourselves or that were submitted by creative family, friends and coworkers: A Nickel's Worth From TJ to you Blogocello Commonplace Review "Your Tomgnosis", Jeffereuna, or TJ Ousia (from a contestant armed with a Greek dictionary) Blog of the Revolution Sage of the Blogosphere Monticello Rumblings Annalou and TJ Too When in the course of blogging eventsMore >>
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Picking up a recent Economist magazine, an article discusses how desalination of the oceans for usable water is becoming less expensive these days. San Diego has built a large plant, as have a few Australian cities. What does this have to do with Jefferson? It is science related, thus there's a...More >>
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An interesting article about Clay Jenkinson's 2006 appearance on the Colbert Report, along with two other prominent Thomas Jefferson interpreters, is online here ...along with Clay's apology to TJ for appearing on the show, and TJ's response (he's over it!).More >>
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