MHS Fellows and Members are invited to a special breakfast preview. For those who are unable to attend the preview the night before, we will open the galleries at 9:00 AM. Stroll through the galleries and talk to MHS Stephen T. Riley Librarian Peter Drummey before the doors open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be available.
The Private Jefferson: From the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society 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.
This 28 January preview and reception for The Private Jefferson is sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please call 617-646-0518 or submit your name online.close