Dawn of Our Country #8

Dawn%20of%20Our%20Country%20All-thumbThomas Jefferson, our 3rd president was more than just a politician. He was ahead of his time. His accomplishments are too numerous to list. His home in Monticello, Virginia is a historic site. To learn about Jefferson visit Monticello.org

I have not visited Monticello. However, last July while visiting Washington D.C. I was able to visit the Library of Congress. In 1815, Jefferson sold almost 6500 books from his personal library to the Library of Congress. While two-thirds of the books were destroyed by fire in 1851, it is still an impressive collection. We spent almost an hour looking over the collection. My son, the book-lover, found it especially interesting. If you are ever in D.C. I highly recommend stopping by the Library of Congress and seeing his collection along with a copy of the Gutenberg Bible.

Now, back to the merit badge. This requirement asks the girls to learn about Jefferson then to design stamps that reflect his life and accomplishments. If you are an Explorer working on this badge, print out the worksheet below, do some research, and start designing.

Dawn of Our Country #8

Dawn of Our Country #8

NOTE: The requirements have been greatly simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

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