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Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
  • Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Friday, May 20, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Thomas Jefferson’s actions and ideas—more than any other Founding Father’s—still divide Americans two centuries later. Annette Gordon-Reed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Hemingses of Monticello, and Peter Onuf, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, emeritus, at the University of Virginia, provide new insights into Jefferson’s views on Christianity, slavery, race, and philosophy.

A book signing will follow the program. Purchase this book on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.