Events & Videos

4/11/2015
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will present
Thomas Jefferson: The Man Behind the Myths

In the past few decades, historical scholarship has obscured the true character and thought of Thomas Jefferson. This forum will address misconceptions and misunderstandings concerning the historical Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was a man of profound dimensionality. He was a statesman, politician, philosopher, architect, meteorologist, farmer, philologist, paleontologist, biologist, and inventor, among other things. Nonetheless, he is generally known to the public today only as the writer of the Declaration of Independence and an owner of slaves. This conference will explore beyond this narrow perception of the third president.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia's Jefferson Scholars Foundation, located at 112 Clarke Court, Charlottesville, Virginia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Admission to this special event is free and open to the public.

VIEW THE ENTIRE FORUM IN VIDEO

Mark Beliles
"DOUBTING THOMAS? THE DISTORTED RELIGIOUS LEGACY OF THOMAS JEFFERSON"

J. David Gowdy
"THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE PURSUIT OF VIRTUE"

Richard Guy Wilson
"THOMAS JEFFERSON ARCHITECT: MYTH AND REALITY"

M. Andrew Holowchak
"AN 'HONEST HEART' V. A 'KNOWING HEAD': THE MYTH OF THE PREEMINENCE OF RATIONALITY IN JEFFERSON'S CONCEPTIONS OF MAN AND SOCIETY"

Brian Steele
"THOMAS JEFFERSON'S EMBODIED MIND: BODILY DECAY, A MATERIAL GOD, AND HUMAN IMMORTALITY"

James Thompson
"THOMAS JEFFERSON TODAY AND THOMAS JEFFERSON TOMORROW" 

11/9/2013
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will present
The Character and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson and its Meaning for Americans Today

The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will host a panel of distinguished authors, researchers and nationally acclaimed scholars to address the character and legacy of Thomas Jefferson and the impact of the Sally Hemings controversy in a comprehensive review of the facts from the historic record. This seminar will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the University of Virginia, Jefferson Scholars Foundation,112 Clark Court, Charlottesville, Virginia, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission to this special event is free and open to the public.

VIEW THE ENTIRE FORUM IN VIDEO

Dr. Donald W. Livingston:
"Jefferson, Republicanism and the Problem of Size and Scale"

Dr. William M. Wilson: 
"Jefferson the Theist"

Dr. Clyde N. Wilson: 
"Looking for Mr. Jefferson"
(Dr. Wilson's presentation will be read by Dr. Carey Roberts)

Cynthia H. Burton: 
"Myths and Scholarship"
(Ms. Burton is interviewed by Patricia Early)

William G. Hyland, Esq.:
"Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone"

Dr. Robert F. Turner: 
"Parsing the Paradox: Understanding Thomas Jefferson and Slavery."

Panel Discussion

4/12/2013
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
presents a Birthday Celebration for Thomas Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will present a ceremony and reception in honor of the 270th birthday of President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to be held at the Virginia State Capitol Jefferson room on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM. Both the ceremony and reception is open to the public free of charge. Speakers will include John Works, Esq., a direct descendent of Thomas Jefferson and the first president of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, and Dr. Mark McGarvie, a professor of history at the University of Richmond. Review the event program and read about Jefferson's great contribution to the Virginia State Capitol in Jefferson Notes.

10/27/2012
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will sponsor
Cracking the Fable: The Truth Behind Jefferson and Hemings

The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will host a panel of distinguished authors, researchers and nationally acclaimed scholars to address the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings controversy in a comprehensive review of the facts from the historic record. This academic seminar, Cracking the Fable: The Truth Behind Jefferson and Hemings, will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on the grounds of the University of Virginia in the Commonwealth Room at Newcomb Hall, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to this special event is free and open to the public.

VIEW THE ENTIRE FORUM IN VIDEO

John Works:
"The Monticello Association and the Graveyard at Monticello"

Cynthia H. Burton: 
"Did Poor Scholarship Affect the Paternity Debate"

M. Andrew Holowchak: 
"Little Plus Little Equals Much: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings and the Fallacy of Artful Additions"

William G. Hyland: 
"In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: What Sally Hemings Tells Us about Our Times"

Robert F. Turner: 
"Is The Debate Over?"

4/13/2012
The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society presents
A Birthday Celebration for Thomas Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society will present a ceremony and reception in honor of the 269th birthday of President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to be held at the Virginia State Capitol Jefferson room on Friday, April 13, 2012 at two o'clock. Both the ceremony and reception is open to the public free of charge. 

3/31/2012
Fauquier Heritage Institute presents
"The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission"

WARRENTON, VA - The 2012 edition of the annual Fauquier Heritage Institute Lectures in American History features distinguished local historians and nationally acclaimed scholars to address a variety of topics of regional and national significance.

On Saturday, 31 March 2012, with special cooperation by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, the Institute will host Dr. Robert F. Turner, Chairman of the independent Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission, which strongly challenges the modern-era view that President Thomas Jefferson fathered one or more children by an enslaved African-American woman named Sally Hemings. The lecture will be held at 3:00 PM in the John Barton Payne Building, located at 2 Courthouse Square, on Main Street, in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia. Admission is free to the public. Read more..