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VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK Eliza House Trist & Thomas Jefferson: A Friendship and a Woman’s Journal of Westward Exploration
December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm| Free
Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Karen A. Chase, an independent author and scholar, for a talk revealing the life and writings of Elizabeth House Trist, the often-overlooked American woman who traveled westward in 1783, two decades before the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. Friend to Thomas Jefferson, Trist is one of two women featured in Chase’s narrative nonfiction project entitled “Eliza! Eliza!” Just months after the end of the Revolutionary War, Trist journeyed west and south to join her husband in Natchez, Louisiana, journal in hand. She kept the diary at the behest of Thomas Jefferson, her contemporary and confidant. An examination of Trist’s travel journal entries, objects, and letters, offers a glimpse into her personal relationship with Jefferson and other well-known founders. A female figure previously sidelined to the role of spectator, Trist’s words bring her forward as a willing and lively participant in the expansion of America. For more information, contact email@example.com or 804.692.3726.