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September 12, 2008
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Thought our loyal readers might be interested in some other Jefferson-related events coming up soon: September 13, 2008 Accuracy and Elegance: How Fry and Jefferson Made a Better map of Virginia Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA The Fry-Jefferson Society will present two outstanding talks. Henry Taliaferro, principal in the New York antiquarian map firm of Cohen and Taliaferro, co-author of Degrees of Latitude and cartographic scholar from New York, will talk about the Fry Jefferson map—one of the most important 18th-century maps of Virginia and one of the greatest of the era. Willie Balderson, a specialist in 18th-century surveying techniques for Colonial Williamsburg, will demonstrate the surveying techniques behind the map, and, for that matter, behind the whole process of taking up land in Virginia. His talk is entitled Sating the Lust for Land: Your Friendly Surveyor Explains Taking Up Land in Virginia. Free for members of the Fry-Jefferson Map Society, $5 for non-members. Optional tour, Inside the Map Collection, and boxed lunch, at 11:00 AM. Lunch and tour additional cost of $15. For reservations call 804-692-3813. In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition at the Library of Virginia, "From Williamsburg to Wills’s Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map," running from Monday, August 18, 2008—Saturday, December 20, 2008. September 16, 2008 Author Discussion: What Hath God Wrought:The Transformation of America, 1815-1848, by Daniel Walker Howe Ashlawn-Highland, Charlottesville, VA Pulitzer Prize Winner Daniel Walker Howe discusses his book, What Hath God Wrought:The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. Dr. Howe describes an exciting era of territorial expansion and national growth and how political and military events, new technologies, and the rise of religious and progressive movements (most notably, the one against slavery), contributed to a far larger and changed nation by the end of the War with Mexico in 1848. He will speak at Ash Lawn-Higland at 7:30 PM. Please call 434-293-9539 for more information. Admission $10.00, reservations are suggested. September 26, 2008 Book Launch: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed Jefferson Library, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA Launch of Annette Gordon-Reed's new book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W. W. Norton). Prof. Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings; an American Controversy. After her Talk, Prof. Gordon-Reed will autograph copies of her book, which will be available for purchase. Reception starts at 3.30 p.m. at the Jefferson Library; talk begins at 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Similar talks by Prof. Gordon-Reed will be held in Washington, DC, at the Library of Congress on September 23 and in Richmond, VA, at the Library of Virginia on September 27.