Celebrating 225 years of collecting, protecting, and sharing American history, life, and culture.

225th Anniversary Features

225 Items from Our Collection

Four centuries of iconic treasures, manuscripts, and artifacts are represented in this gallery of 225 items from the MHS collections.

The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complex personality and political views through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.
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MHS Madness

We need your votes!

64 of our most fascinating items go head-to-head in our MHS Madness tournament.

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MHS Timeline

Spanning 225 years (1791-2016), the MHS Timeline is a collection of important events and places in the history of the Society.

Belknap's American Road Map

Teachers and students across the country are invited to take part in MHS founder Jeremy Belknap’s adventures and see how far he travels.
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Object of the MonthFebruary

The Sage of Monticello Edits a Letter to His Granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 27 August 1825

"...one fatal stain deforms what nature had bestowed on us of her fairest gifts..." Read more»


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Environmental History Seminar

The History of Ecological Restoration: From Bombs to Bac-O-Bits

5:15PM Tuesday, 9 February 2016
History of Women and Gender Seminar

All Politics Are Reproductive Politics: Welfare, Immigration, Gay Marriage, Foreclosure

Location: Schlesinger Library 5:30PM Thursday, 11 February 2016
Mass Modern Series; Conversation

Modernism Series: Program Two - Culture of Modernism

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm 6:00PM Thursday, 11 February 2016



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