I was recently in Paris for my friends’ wedding and thought it might be a great opportunity to find something to photograph for a pic of the week. I recalled that we previously posted a pic of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, so that option was out. Then, during a walk around the city, I noticed a statue of Thomas Jefferson and knew that was it!
I noticed a drawing of Monticello in Jefferson’s hand (see photo on the right). It was only later that I learned that the Hotel de Salm served as inspiration for an update to Jefferson’s home. I found a blog post that compares the two, using the picture of Monticello on the back of the nickel and a photo of the Hotel de Salm.
I have spent years working on the federal legislative information website THOMAS, named after Thomas Jefferson (by the way, after typing THOMAS all these years it is rather difficult for me to type the name in lowercase), and of course the Library of Congress has a lot of wonderful material related to him, including:
- Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence;
- The Thomas Jefferson Papers;
- Thomas Jefferson’s Library;
- Thomas Jefferson: A Resource Guide;
- Thomas Jefferson: An American Man for All Seasons – A Selected List of References; and
- A building named after him, the Thomas Jefferson Building.