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Over the July 4th weekend I celebrated by watching a lot of Founding-Fathery patriotic television...More >>
It would be gilding the lily somewhat for me to try to talk too much about this, so I'll just say...More >>
True Story: In 1820-something, John Adlum, one of America's first wine geeks and sometime...More >>
As I believe I mentioned in a previous blog post, this fall will mark the 200th anniversary of...More >>
Since I set up my Google Alert, which allows me to track when new mentions of "Thomas Jefferson"...More >>
First off, apologies (again) for the lackadaisical nature of my blogging in the last few weeks. I...More >>
The 2008 issue of Furniture History: The Journal of the Furniture History Society is All John Soane...More >>
Increasingly I'm coming to believe that I'm totally wasting my time in assiduously searching all sorts of websites, databases and books to figure out whether or not Thomas Jefferson is the source of a given quote. Really (I tell myself), if it quacks like a duck, it's most likely a duck. Or, in my case, if it sounds like a Hallmark card or a self-help book, it's probably not from the pen of Thomas Jefferson. Just to entertain you, here are some of my favorite silly quotes that people have attributed to Jefferson:More >>
Here at the Jefferson Library we are great consumers of pie, leftover food, and quirky publishers'...More >>
This month's Magazine Antiques features an article by Cybèle Gontar on Campeachy (Campeche) chairs - the article is heavy on the TJ content. Campeachy chairs , for those who may be unfamiliar with them, are curious low-slung neo-something pieces of furniture, of which Jefferson was inordinately fond and owned several. Sitting in one shifts your center of gravity in such a way that they are right tricky to get out of.More >>

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