September 1, 2011
Marissa Dorsey , of Mount Airy, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. She is studying occupational therapy. Georges Rizk , of Sykesville, participated in the Summer Scholars Program in Biology and Biomedical Research at Washington University in St. Louis. Rizk, who was one of 24 Summer Scholars this year, will be a freshman at the university this fall. The seven-week Summer Scholars program offers students the opportunity to get a head start on scientific research and their college careers.
April 29, 2010
Thomas Jefferson must be spinning in his grave at the action of the five activist, hypocritical Supreme Court justices who dealt a crippling blow to Jefferson's concept of the separation of church and state. Justice Kennedy's majority reasoning that the cross on federal land honoring U.S. heroes was specious at best. That the cross was covered in the First Amendment as a right of expression is a dishonest constitutional interpretation. Robert A. Steinberg, Baltimore
April 2, 2010
Where: Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, near Lynchburg, Va. When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 14. Poplar Forest is open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday, now through November. Guided tours of Jefferson's octagonal house begin at 10 a.m. and run every half-hour, with the last tour at 4 p.m. What: Celebrate the anniversary of Jefferson's birth (April 13, 1743) at Poplar Forest, the Founding Father's secluded plantation retreat. The event includes cake and a performance by the Jefferson Forest High School Symphonic Band.
February 19, 2010
Burwell Colbert was the only person who could understand Thomas Jefferson when the former president was on his deathbed. James Hemings and his sister, Sally, could have sued for their freedom in France when they accompanied Jefferson to Paris in the 1780s, but instead returned with the statesman. And Peter Fossett later said he didn't realize he was a slave until the day, at age 12, when he was put on the auction block. Theirs are just some of the voices of enslaved men, women and children that become audible in "Answering the Bell: Working in the House at Monticello," a tour that runs each February at the Charlottesville, Va., home of the third president.
February 7, 2010
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April 19, 2009
When Thomas Jefferson left the U.S. presidency 200 years ago this spring, no one needed to build a library or memorial to commemorate him. Jefferson already had a memorial in the form of Monticello, the mountaintop estate he created near Charlottesville, Va., long before he became the nation's third president in 1801. Jefferson felt so completely at home at Monticello that he almost never left the grounds from the spring of 1809 to the day he died in 1826. "I am as happy nowhere else and in no other society," he wrote in 1787, "and all my wishes end where I hope my days will end, at Monticello."