Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Oct. 20 webinar on Jefferson's sale of his library to Congress

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Please join us on October 20 via webinar for a special presentation in celebration of the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's sale of his library to the U.S. Congress:

"'You Will Receive My Library Arranged Very Perfectly in the Order Observed in the Catalogue': The 1815 Sale of Jefferson's Library to the Nation"

From the 2nd to the 8th of May, 1815, Thomas Jefferson watched as ten wagons carried his prized collection of books down from their mountaintop home toward the nation's still-new capital. Jefferson had just sold his library to Congress, to replace the one destroyed by the British with the burning of Washington, D.C. the year before.

As the last wagonload of books left Monticello, Jefferson remarked with pride in a letter to confidant Samuel Harrison Smith, "[A]n interesting treasure is added to your city, now become the depository of unquestionably the choicest collection of books in the US. and I hope it will not be without some general effect on the literature of our country."

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the sale of Thomas Jefferson's library, which became the foundation of the vast Library of Congress we know today. Join Monticello librarian and historian Endrina Tay, in conversation with Library of Congress history specialist Jurretta Heckscher, as they explore the history of the sale, shedding light on the lesser known facts behind this fascinating story.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

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