Exhibition | Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man
Thomas Jefferson was born 274 years ago today (13 April). From the New-York Historical Society:
Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man
From the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, 29 January — 26 May 2016
New-York Historical Society, 7 April — 16 July 2017
Thomas Jefferson’s role as a private citizen is as defining as his personae as founder, president, and political standard-bearer. A gifted writer and political philosopher, Jefferson was also an accomplished gardener, farmer, and architect. Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man provides a glimpse of his life outside the public sphere through the iconic documents he created. Among the 36 documents and artifacts on display from the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society are Jefferson’s garden book, his last letter to John Adams, manuscript leafs from his Notes on the State of Virginia, early drawings of Monticello, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson’s hand.
Distributed by The University of Virginia Press:
Ondine LeBlanc, ed., with essays by Peter S. Onuf, Andrea Wulf, and Henry Adams, The Private Jefferson: Perspectives from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2016), 224 pages, ISBN: 978 19365 20084 (hardcover), $60.00 / ISBN: 978 19365 20091 (paperback), $35.