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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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Anna Berkes

Lots of people ask us for recommendations for which Jefferson biography to read, but the choices are so many and people’s tastes so varied that answering this question is always a bit tricky.  So I thought I’d ask the audience: which would you recommend?  I’ll prime the pump with a list of...MORE »

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A Summary View, Thomas Jefferson
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Anna Berkes

Maybe we don’t have Jefferson’s actual letters here at the Jefferson Library, but we have other cool stuff – oh yes we do!  One perhaps less showy-cool but nonetheless important sort of thing we have here is books, correspondence, and research notes from a lot of the great Jefferson scholars....MORE »

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Anna Berkes

From the Reference Question files:  “I’ve heard that Thomas Jefferson was a volunteer firefighter.  Is this true?” 

If I had better PhotoShop skills, I would whip up a picture of TJ wearing a firehat.  You all will just have to imagine how funny that would be. 

Well, now we have to...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

Oh, Peter Jefferson!  So fascinating, yet so mysterious.  I never knew you designed a house, for instance.

Recently I ran across a 1990 article from the Raleigh (NC) News and Observer, which claimed that TJ’s...MORE »

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Monticello

This outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens on Monticello’s West Lawn is...MORE »

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July 4th at Monticello, Videos
Author: 
Eric Johnson

Monticello has a 30-second film spot running six times daily on the huge outdoor screen at the U.S. Pavilion of the...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

A while ago, I was perusing the Memorandum Books, which Marie Kimball very eloquently (but somewhat over-optimistically) described as “candid...MORE »

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A Summary View
Author: 
Taylor Stoermer

Guesty commentary

...it is important to strengthen the State governments; and as this cannot be done by any change in the Federal Constitution (for the preservation of that is all we need contend for), it must be done by the States themselves... --Thomas...MORE »
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Johann Neem

Guesty commentary

the increase of [federal] revenue ... hastens the moment of liberating our revenue, and of permitting us to begin upon canals, roads, colleges, &c. -- Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, May 29, 1805...MORE »
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Anna Berkes

So, I logged onto WordPress a few days ago, with vague thoughts of doing a semi-religion-related post, when I saw this.  A sign from God?  Well, at the very least, it’s a sign from Barbie dressed up as an...MORE »

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