On Tuesday, October 14, 2008, Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the book, “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family ”  (W. W. Norton), will appear for a seminar with Brent Staples, an editorial writer for The New York Times, at the New-York Historical Society, to discuss her recent book on Jefferson-Hemings.

Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Annette Gordon-Reed

Ms. Gordon-Reed has been in the news lately with her book which explores the sexual relations of slave master President Thomas Jefferson with Sally Hemings, his slave, which yielded four children he had with Sally.
The New-York Historical Society is a prominent educational and research institution, and is also home to New York’s oldest museum as well as one of this country’s most distinguished independent research libraries.
Per the site’s mission statement:

The Society is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art and other materials documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York City and State.

Forty thousand of the Society’s most treasured pieces are on permanent display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture, and a self-guided audio tour brings these artifacts to life with anecdotes and stories. Our collections provide the foundation for exploration of the nation’s richly layered past and support the Society’s mission to provide a forum for debate and examination of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.



If you are able to attend this week’s seminar, or any upcoming events, here is the information to get you started:




New-York Historical Society:


170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

General Information: (212) 873-3400

Monday Closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Members: Free; Adults: $10; Senior Citizens (65 and over) and Educators $7; Students $6; children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free; there is no admission fee for researchers using the library.




The website address is as follows:



An American Family

Two descendants of Thomas Jefferson, one black, one white, share a Bronx neighborhood that defies reputation.

July 6, 2008

New York Public Library Displaying a Draft of Jefferson’s Vision for the U.S.

Thomas Jefferson’s original version of the Declaration of Independence includes passages that were deleted, including his lengthy condemnation of slavery.

July 5, 2008

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