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MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a preview and reception for The Private Jefferson. The exhibition seeks to pull back the veil on one of the most famous yet enigmatic and intensely private Americans, Thomas Jefferson. Visitors will be able to explore Jefferson’s complex personality and political views through his writings and select correspondence between family and friends; gain insight into Jefferson’s personal story of writing the Declaration of Independence and see how the text celebrated today evolved from his original draft; discover how Jefferson used architecture to work out practical and technical design issues as well as larger philosophical issues; and understand how Jefferson’s role as plantation owner, experimental gardener, and meticulous record-keeper shaped his beliefs in how the nation would achieve economic and political independence.
6:00 PM: Remarks by Peter S. Onuf
6:30 PM: Reception and preview of the exhibition