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: lyndsay
Age: 8
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: crayons,a laptop, ipod, a miniature tv, video game.

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First name: james
Age: 9
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: tv pencils iphone

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First name: roanna
Age: 9
City: orange
State: v,a
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: declaration of independence.

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First name: tyler
Age: 9
City: orange
State: virginia
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: a computer

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First name: montgomery
Age: 9
City: orange
State: va
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: a computer

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First name: parker
Age: 9
City: orange
State: virgina
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: thomas jefferson he would have a computer

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First name: sarah
Age: 9
City: orange
State: VA
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: Quill to write a letter

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First name: Sharon
Age: 52
City: Orange
State: VA
Ideas for Jefferson's Cabinet: Thomas Jefferson would love to have a Nook since he loves to read. He could keep all of his books in one place.

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"If Thomas was alive today I bet he would have an laptop and an iPad and text away.He would have a leather jacket and ripped jeans. Instead of his gardens he would try to mix Wendys and McDonalds.He would wear black chucks and would have a different hairdo. He wouldn't be as organized. He would have a sports car.

Also, a laptop. I know he would love texting, so an I-phone. A book of nonfiction on gardening Ivy nursery seeds."

--Channing, age 8, of Charlottesville, VA

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"I think that Jefferson would have I phone and a laptop and electronics."

--Charles, age 8, of Charlottesville, VA

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