24 - November 16, 2000
premier Bicentennial exhibition, Thomas Jefferson, opened
on the Bicentennial date, April 24, 2000, and in the building named
Jefferson's personal library of 6,487 books was the seed from which
the Library of Congress grew. Two-thirds of the books were lost
in a fire in 1851, but a generous donation by Jerry and Gene Jones
as a Bicentennial "Gift to the Nation" led to the Library
reassembling copies of the same editions Jefferson had in his collection.
For the first time ever, the public will be able to view the reconstituted
exhibition focused on the legacy of Jefferson--founding father,
farmer, architect, inventor, slaveholder, book collector, scholar,
diplomat, and third president of the United States. It explored
the complexities and contradictions of Jefferson the man, an unquenchable
idealist and hard-headed realist.
online exhibition is available at www.loc.gov/exhibits/jefferson
and the news release at www.loc.gov/today/pr/2000/00-009.html.