You didn’t think there could be new research on a Founding Father, President Thomas Jefferson? Join us to learn the latest discoveries with experts at the Smithsonian and Jefferson’s Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson
Portrait by Rembrandt Peale, 1805, New York Historical Society

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) – author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, President of the United States and founder of the University of Virginia – voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era and served his country for over five decades.

On April 27, 2012 the Smithsonian Institution and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello offered a free interactive online conference developed for teachers and secondary students. Curators, historians, and guests examined different aspects of Jefferson’s life – including his writings, the paradox of slavery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and even a conversation with a Thomas Jefferson enactor about science, technology, and invention. The day concluded with a moderated discussion with descendants of the slaves of Jefferson’s Monticello plantation.