What do you think would be on Thomas Jefferson’s desk if he were alive today?

Download the 2011-2012 School Tours BrochureThomas Jefferson viewed the world around him with the eye of a scientist. His interests were limitless, and he was always on the lookout for “useful knowledge,” new ideas, and inventions.

Keeping in mind that Mr. Jefferson was a man who embraced new technology, what items do you think he would have in his cabinet (or office) if he were alive today?  Would he have an e-reader?  Would he send a text or prefer to write a letter? Post your ideas for TJ’s 21st-century cabinet below. 

Check out the Monticello Explorer, "Drudging at the Writing Table" in the Jefferson section of this website, and the Cabinet in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia.

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First name: Giuliana
Age: 8
City: Orange
State: Virgina
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: Books, black pens, paper, envelopes, and stamps

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First name: Adam
Age: 9
City: Orange
State: Virginia
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: A nook. A TV. A camera. A telescope.

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First name: renay
Age: 8
City: Orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: i think he'd have a nook book in his office. And a tv in his office.

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First name: leah
Age: 9
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: I think he would like a camera because he could take pictures of birds he might like or he could watch videos from the past.

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First name: Derek
Age: 9
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: he would like a atlas and a computer and a t.v. so he can keep up with information.

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First name: taylor
Age: 9
City: orange
State: VA
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: I think he would lots of books and a ipad so he could check the weather and read.

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First name: conner
Age: 9
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: I think he would like a tv to see the news.

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First name: karissa
Age: 9
City: orange
State: VA
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: He loves to read so he would have a nook and a computer and a colorful pen. And keep up with the weather on the tv.

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First name: Katlin
Age: 9
City: Orange
State: VA
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: regular pens, crayons, a computer or laptop, markers, cellphone, ipod, smartphone, TV, headphones, printer.

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First name: kyle
Age: 9
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: i think he would have a computer.

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