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October 10, 2017

“Saving Monticello” author will speak here Oct. 22

Marc Leepson lives near Middleburg.
Marc Leepson, the author of “Saving Monticello” (University of Virginia Press, 2003), will speak Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, in Warrenton.

Mr. Leepson will appear at the John Barton Payne Building at 2 p.m. as part of the “Sunday with the Library” series.

“Saving Monticello” records the estate’s precarious legacy following Thomas Jefferson’s death. Repeatedly on the brink of ruination, the manor house was restored by two generations of the Levy family within the 19th century. Descended from early Jewish-American colonists, the Levys’ story predates even Monticello and brings to light an overlooked narrative of our nation’s history.

Mr. Leepson’s account encompasses Jefferson’s residence and continues through the Civil War to 1923, when the Thomas Jefferson Foundation assumed ownership.

Mr. Leepson, who lives near Middleburg, will describe his experience researching and writing about Monticello’s history and answer questions from the audience. The program is free. Copies of “Saving Monticello” will be available for purchase with the opportunity to have them signed by the author.

A journalist, historian and professor, Mr. Leepson has written nine books, including “Ballad of the Green Beret,” released earlier this year. His writing has appeared in “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post.” He taught history at Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton from 2008 to 2015.
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