Author Talk, Public Program Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England: The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839 2 February 2012.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM Pre-Talk Reception at 5:30 P.M. Ann Lucas Birle, International Center for Jefferson Studies

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Ellen Wayles Coolidge arrived in London in June 1838 at the advent of Queen Victoria's reign--the citizens were still celebrating the coronation. During her nine-month stay, Coolidge kept a diary that reveals the uncommon education of her youth, when she lived and studied at Monticello with her grandfather, Thomas Jefferson. Birle, editor of the travel diary, will discuss Coolidge's experience abroad and the ways in which her connection to her home and family influenced her perceptions of herself and womanhood in general. As Birle will demonstrate, even as Coolidge's views of herself and other woman changed over time, she continued to define herself in terms of her  connection to Jefferson.

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