Sunday Sep 8 2013

Talk: "Thomas Jefferson’s Granddaughter in Queen Victoria’s England"

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Fluvanna Historical Society (map)
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Thomas Jefferson's granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Coolidge, kept a diary during her nine-month stay in London that reveals the uncommon education of her youth when she lived and studied at Monticello with her grandfather. Coolidge records the details of London's public buildings, museums, parks and of her conversations with writers such as Thomas Carlyle, Anna Jameson and activists including Charles Sumner and Harriet Martineau. Coolidge gives firsthand accounts as she watches the young Queen Victoria open Parliament and battle the first scandal of her reign, chronicles art work held in both public and private collections, and acknowledges a new appreciation for the modern art of J. M. W. Turner. As she encounters her mother's school-girl friends and recalls the songs sung by her grandfather while working in his study, Coolidge's thoughts return to Monticello and the lessons she learned there. 

Join Ann Lucas Birle, Monticello Research Historian, at the Fluvanna Historical Society as she discusses Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England: The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839, which she co-authored with Monticello's Lisa Francavilla, Managing Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series.

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