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Flights of Fantasy and Fact: Man-made Wings in Literature and History subject of Dec. 3 program

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Today’s guest blog post is by science fiction and fantasy author Fran Wilde, who will be visiting the Library on Dec. 3 to talk about “Flights of Fantasy and Fact: Man-made Wings in Literature and History”. Wilde is also a technology consultant and former engineering and science writer. Her short fiction has appeared in publications …

Print shows Thomas Jefferson, full-length portrait, facing slightly right, standing beside a table; he is lifting from the table the Declaration of Independence with his right hand and pointing to it with his left hand; there is a bust of Benjamin Franklin on the table, as well as several books. On a small table to the right is a single-disc electrostatic generator and beneath that, resting on the floor, is a globe.

Counting the Miles: Thomas Jefferson’s Quest for an Odometer

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Today’s post is guest authored by Julie Miller, historian of early America in the Library’s Manuscript Division. Julie has written for Inside Adams before- see her post on “The President and the Parsnip: Thomas Jefferson’s Vegetable Market Chart (1801-1808).” Thomas Jefferson, who liked to count and measure everything, coveted an odometer. While in Paris as …