Tagged with 'hidden treasures'

A Little Piece of Monticello

Back in the 1920s, when the nascent Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (my current employer, now called the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., and not to be confused with the Monticello Association or the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association) was trying to scrape together the cash to purchase Monticello from Jefferson Monroe Levy, they found themselves a little short.   So they conceived a cunning plan, of course – they woul

The Staff have spoken

A certain segment of the Foundation's staff has recently discovered Robert E. Wright's book The First Wall Street: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, and the Birth of American Finance, and has glommed onto it in a big way.  As I never read any of the books I buy for the library (no time, got things to do), I always appreciate staff book reviews.  I'm told that this book makes a potentially dead boring topic interesting and easy to understand.  So there you have it!   I've been commissioned to buy as many of Mr. Wright's books as I can get my hands on.  Brace yourself.

A Piece of Americana

We recently received back a book that we had sent out to be repaired, namely The Bizarre Sisters, by Jay and Audrey Walz.  I've provided an image of the cover here for your delectation.  There was nothing wrong with the case or the text block - it was the dust jacket that was in need of some TLC, and when you see what it looks like, I'm sure you'll understand why we felt the need to preserve it for posterity.

Presidential Word Drift

Want to see a moving "expression of the American mind"?  Check out the U.S. Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud.  Drag the slider all the way to the left and then slowly drag it to the right to see an interesting portrayal of what was on the collective national mind over the years.  Watch the word "war" grow bigger and smaller...watch the word "Mexico" appear for the first time..."emancipation"..."Cuba"..."corporations"..."labor"..."Germans"...watch the word "unemployment" appear and grow larger and then smaller over the 1930's...

Inaugurations and Such

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.

Jefferson Discussion Group

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.

The Cult of Marie Kimball

Some weeks ago a book was returned to us, and its back cover caught my eye.  As it happens, the book itself, as well as its author, are well worth examination, even though they seem not to be as well known as they should be.

I call it "The Gilded Pig"

That would be a great name for a band, wouldn't it?  Or a car.  Alas, no, it's my latest book acquisition, and although I do poke gentle fun at my Gilded Pig, it really is a great little find.  I've been scouring the Internets for undiscovered works of genius by Marie Kimball, and came across a book she wrote - more of a pamph

Romanticizing romanticism in the Old South

I received a little book in the mail just a bit ago, and I think it deserves to be read in front of a fire with a cup of tea.  It is called Romanticism and Nationalism in the Old South, by Rollin Osterweis (Louisiana State University Press, 1971) and is full of paragraphs like this: