UVA graduate, the writer will present a lecture on his travels abroad in the footsteps of Jefferson

Virginia Museum of History and CultureJoin writer Derek Baxter for a talk about his bookIn Pursuit of Jefferson: Traveling Through Europe with the Most Confusing Founding Father Thursday, August 25 at noon.

In 1788, when two young countrymen asked Thomas Jefferson for advice on the destination of their own journey, he wrote them a 5,000-word letter which he titled Advice for Americans traveling to Europe, telling them where to go, what to do, and how to bring back knowledge from their travels in fledgling America.

More than 200 years later, Baxter has used the miniguide to embark on a grand tour, following Jefferson’s advice through six countries and absorbing countless lessons while recovering from his own personal crisis. Yet along the way, what Baxter learns isn’t always what Jefferson had in mind — including how Jefferson could never escape the fact that slave labor was the source of all his travels and schemes.

In pursuit of Jefferson is both the personal story of a life-changing journey across Europe and a profound personal journey as well as an unflinching look at one of America’s most controversial founding fathers.

Written with immersive historical detail, a sense of humor, and a boundless heart, Baxter explores how we can be better at moving forward just by looking back.

Derek Baxter graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in history and is a lawyer. After years of research, he made nine separate trips abroad in the footsteps of Jefferson. In pursuit of Jefferson is his first book.

You can follow his adventures with Thomas Jefferson at www.jeffersontravels.com.

Signed copies of the book are available at ShopVirginiaHistory.org.

Tickets are required for in-person admission. Members enjoy free entry but must log in and register. Non-members pay a fee of $10 per person. Students are $5. Children under 5 are free. Those attending in person are invited to meet the author at the book signing after the conference. To register click here.

You can also register without a ticket on YouTube or Facebook.

The museum is located at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond.

Angela C. Hale