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Eric Johnson

A kitchen garden at the White House is not a new idea. In the early years of the nation, vegetables grew regularly at the White House and many people remember Eleanor Rosevelt's victory garden. Not only is...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

Once-and-future ICJS fellow Andrea Wulf published a...MORE »

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Bryan
So, I just joined Goodreads, a large online community for readers, and lo and behold, there is a Thomas Jefferson book discussion group and forum, called The Monticello Cabinet!  It started this past January, and with 9 members, they are...MORE »
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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes
The Mental Floss blog is having a Tournament of Genius instead.  Thomas Jefferson was pitted against Bill James in round 1 (Division II) and...MORE »
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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes

Well, it's the 144th birthday of Paul Leicester Ford.  I know you're asking, who the heck's that guy?  (Or maybe you're not, if you work at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson/Retirement Series).  But perhaps you don't know...MORE »

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Anna Berkes

The Bradford pear trees are blooming this week (at least I think they're Bradford pear trees, but I have been known to misidentify plants), and for once on the first official day of the season it actually seems like said season.  Just in time for all this, there's a new book from the University of Virginia Press: Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Wo MORE »

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A Summary View, Gardens
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Anna Berkes

I've already mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but this blogger's discussion of David G. Post's...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes
And by "extravaganza" I mean "two book reviews in one issue."  In the latest Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (vol. 117 no. 1):
  • Douglas L. Wilson reviews Kevin Hayes' book, The Road to Monticello (review-o-meter: Wilson thinks the book is too long.  The word "
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Anna Berkes

Just arrived inexplicably on our desk the other day (Museum Shop?  Is that you, sending us presents?) - another book on Jefferson's relevance to today's issues of new technologies, intellectual property, and the laws that govern them...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes
American Scientist is getting a lot of mileage out of Jefferson lately.  In the March-April 2009 issue of American Scientist, mathematician Lawren Smithline helps out the folks at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson by decoding a supposedly-unbreakably-encoded message sent to Jefferson by Philadelphia smarty-pants Robert Patterson in 1801.MORE »

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