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 (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.