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Jennifer Strotz

Behind the scenes at Monticello, our curators are intrigued by a ceramic inkstand and sandbox that are thought to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson. According to a Jefferson descendent, the set was acquired while he was Minister to France (1785-1789). It was then purportedly used at Monticello...MORE »

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Monticello the House, Research
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Monticello

Viet Nguyen presents Vietnamese rice seeds at MonticelloNo story illustrates Jefferson’...MORE »

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Lisa at the PTJRS

Thomas Jefferson loved to play chess, sometimes engaging in “four hour games” with his close friend James Madison. Unfortunately, not all of Jefferson’s gaming was so enjoyable. According to his granddaughter Ellen W. Randolph Coolidge, while Jefferson was serving as minister plenipotentiary in...MORE »

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Research
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Gardiner Hallock
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Emilie Johnson

A wood chip by itself is very modest.  Small in size, light-weight, it could easily be lost or thrown away.  Happily, the wood chip Thomas Jefferson cut from William Shakespeare’s chair during his 1786 trip to Stratford-upon-Avon comes with an explanatory note. ...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson
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Endrina Tay

Jefferson Library, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

May 1 – October 31, 2015

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Research
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Monticello

Tom Brokaw, Jon Meacham and Rex Ellis participate in a panel discussion moderated by David M. Rubenstein on Monticello: An American Story, May 2, 2015

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Lily Fox-Bruguiere

In my family, when it comes to plants named after people, we can't help but speak about them as if they are people too. Someone might ask, "What kind of clematis is that there?" and my mom would answer, "Oh, that's Nelly Moser, she's such a refined and dependable lady." Nelly Moser, the clematis...MORE »

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