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All John Soane All the Time

The 2008 issue of Furniture History: The Journal of the Furniture History Society is All John Soane All the Time, with “A Catalogue of the Furniture in Sir John Soane’s Museum,” as well as several articles on John Soane and his furniture.  Who's John Soane, you say, and what's he got to do with Thomas Jefferson?  And I say: well, architecture, neoclassicism...something like that.  All I know is, Curatorial wants me to buy lots of books on John Soane, and I do whatever they tell me.*  Anyway, here's a panoramic

Mom of Note: Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks

Unfortunately it's been a bizarre week for us here (hence the dearth of blog entries), but I did want to highlight our new exhibit, which is singularly appropriate for Mothers' Day.  It features Lucy Meriwether Lewis Marks, mother of Meriwether Lewis.  Lucy was a healer/midwife/doctor person who taught her medicinal skills to her famous son.  This, of course, was slightly handy on his cross-country expedition.  Drawings of various medicinal plants that Lucy may have used, among other things, are on view in our new exhibition.  And if

Almost too easy

Reference question: For whom is Carolina Ramsay Randolph (Thomas Jefferson's great-granddaughter, daughter of his oldest grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph) named? Search strategy:

That's Al-BE-marle Pippin to you

I was unaware of this, but it seems that our beloved local apple, the Albemarle Pippin, is in fact a native of New York (just like Your Correspondent, here).  The Big Apple has decided to get serious about jettisoning the image of the vile-tasting but very photogenic Red Delicious Apple in favor of the homely-but-yummy Pippin.  This all goes along nicely with the cresting wave of the local food movement, as well.  A blog entry

A joyous day in Jeffersonland

Cue the angel chorus! At long long long last, the Papers of Thomas Jefferson are now available online! (And this morning I see that the site is already down. Perhaps we have already loved it to death. I'm sure it will be back up presently.) The site currently provides the full content, including illustrations, contained in volumes 1 through 33 of Princeton's Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

This is how bogus quotes are born

Last September, I received a question from someone looking for a Jefferson letter titled, "The Value of Constitutions."  Jefferson didn't usually bother to give his letters titles, so this was a bit puzzling.  I finally figured out that this letter had been published in a volume edited by Edward Dumbauld, chapter 4 of which was titled, "The Value of Constitutions."  It seemed pretty obvious that somewhere along the way, someone had quoted from the letter and attached the chapter title

Who needs March Madness?

The Mental Floss blog is having a Tournament of Genius instead.  Thomas Jefferson was pitted against Bill James in round 1 (Division II) and came out on top - we'll see how he does against John Stuart Mill in Round 2...

Endlessly Relevant

I've already mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but this blogger's discussion of David G. Post's In Search of Jefferson's Moose is so interesting I feel compelled to point it out.  If this subject interests you in the least, it's well worth a look.

A collection of curiosities

A few items of possible interest which I've decided to throw all together in one entry, as my lineup of Things to Blog About is getting longer and longer:

TJ: The Movie (Trailer)

I'd like to draw your attention to the new trailer that's been put up on our website that previews the new film produced for the new Visitors Center.  It's even got an explosion.