Before the era of Wii’s, Twitter, and Netflix, the Jefferson family entertained themselves with music, reading aloud, or scientific inquiry. As part of an ongoing campaign to restore Monticello’s interiors, curators recently acquired an air pump similar to Jefferson’s lost original.
A new intriguing book on the shelves: Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi, by Chandra Mukerji. This dovetails nicely with one of our TJ Encyclopedia articles, which features an itinerary of Jefferson's travels through southern France and Italy - during which, yes, he visited the Canal du Midi.
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