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Travel Class - The Genius of Thomas Jefferson: Brilliance in Backwater Virginia

Every Tuesday at 3:00pm-4:00pm (Ends on April 11, 2017)

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 3:00pm


The Genius of Thomas Jefferson: Brilliance in Backwater Virginia

Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton
A perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Introduction—Despite being born in the Virginia backcountry, Thomas Jefferson—through much study and hard work—grew to become one of America’s most brilliant Founding Fathers, a never-tiring polymath who pursued an endless array of interests and achieved a mind-boggling list of accomplishments. In this class we’ll examine his most famous and notable achievement—authorship of the Declaration of Independence—and we’ll explore many of his lesser-known accomplishments such as the dredging of the Rivanna River, the founding of both the U.S. Mint and the U.S. Patent Office, and designing of the Virginia State Capitol. We’ll also learn about Jefferson’s foray into the fascinating science of paleontology (and how, even though he mischaracterized a set of rather large bones, he had the Pleistocene creature to which they belonged named in his honor). Join us to discover more about “The Genius of Thomas Jefferson!” 
Our Lecturer—An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, and three books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History (2006), Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. beginning on Tuesday, March 7, then continuing for 4 consecutive Tuesdays, 3:00–4:00 pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00.
• Tuesday, March 7th - 3:oo pm – Jefferson’s Greatest Hits: Accomplishments Galore!
• Tuesday, March 14th - 3:oo pm – Jefferson’s Greatest Hits: Part Two!
• Tuesday, March 21st - 3:oo pm – Jefferson, the Declaration, & the Fourth of July
• Tuesday, March 28th - 3:oo pm – Jefferson, Father of the American West
• Tuesday, April 4th - 3:oo pm –  The Megalonyx Jeffersonii: Jefferson’s “Great Claw”


Open to all.

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Travel Class - The Genius of Thomas Jefferson: Brilliance in Backwater Virginia

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00