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Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.


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Charles Morrill

James Ferguson, 1710-1776, was a sort of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” of the middle to late 1700s. A fellow of the Royal Society, he had done important work in observing and understanding the moon’s orbit, but his true calling turned out to be explaining science to the general public. Some of his...MORE »

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Bob Self

Even though I’ve been associated with Monticello for more than 25 years, I’m still constantly amazed by the amount of time and effort that went into small details that are easy to overlook when viewing the house as a whole.  For example, I recently started thinking about the rectangular...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

There are a lot of stories about Monticello that crept into the lore over the years - mostly after Jefferson died, after all the family had left Monticello, and no one who had lived there during its heyday was around anymore to refute them. These stories found their way into popular literature...MORE »

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Chad

Distorted people. Click for  a larger version.

This eerie picture is from one of my...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

Back in the 1920s, when the nascent Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (my current employer, now called the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., and not to be confused with the Monticello Association or the...MORE »

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Eric Johnson

In February, we discussed recently unveiled murals of Monticello and Mount Vernon by artist Kerry Marshall in the atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  In...MORE »

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Anna Berkes
Two articles with TJ/Monticello content in the latest issue of Early American Life:
  • "The Faces of a Generation," by Audrey J. Wolfe, about sculptor John Browere (who did a near-deadly life mask of Jefferson - there's a rather horrifying description of the proceedings by granddaughter Virginia here)
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Anna Berkes
It would be gilding the lily somewhat for me to try to talk too much about this, so I'll just say that author/artist Maira Kalman visited Monticello and captured the experience in one of her trademark picture-essay blog entries, entitled "Time Wastes Too Fast."  It is, in the words of one commenter...MORE »
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Chad

In her latest piece for the New York Times, Maira Kalman presents a moving and funny homage to Jefferson and Monticello following a recent visit to Charlottesville. Reader reaction has been very positive.  Over 250 comments posted were in under 24 hours, with many including references...MORE »

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Anna Berkes
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...MORE »

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