It’s worth pausing to take note of a few things we’re working on here at the encyclopedia:
We’ll be launching a complete redesign of the site, perhaps as early as tomorrow. This has been in the works for more than a year, and a big thank you to the folks at NewCity in Blacksburg for taking our millions of ideas and turning them into a workable design, and HUGE thanks to our programmer, Peter Hedlund, for turning that design into a reality. No small task, that.
We are in the midst of editing a section of content devoted to Thomas Jefferson. You can already find entries on Jefferson and religion and the Virginia Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom. Soon you’ll find Jefferson and the law, Monticello, Poplar Forest, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and heck, even Mr. Jefferson himself!
And yes, we’ve got an entry on Sally Hemings coming [Update: here it is!]. Here’s a big thank you to all of our contributors; to scholars Peter Onuf and J. Jefferson Looney, who helped us put the section together; and to Henry Wiencek, Brent Tarter, and Cinder Stanton who have allowed us to dip into their vast store of historical knowledge.
For those of you here in Charlottesville, next month I’ll be discussing the new YA novel Come August, Come Freedom by Richmond author Gigi Amateau. It’s a beautifully written, meticulously researched dramatization of the events surrounding Gabriel’s Conspiracy. Find us at WriterHouse on October 11 at 7 p.m.
IMAGE: Country Road, South Carolina, Spring 2008 by Stacey Evans