Lectures Showcase Leesburg's History

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Thomas Balch Library will present a series of lectures and panel discussions about Leesburg's history in recognition of the town's 250th anniversary. The library is at 208 W. Market St., Leesburg.

Here is the schedule:

¿ " 'Advantageously Situated, Indifferently Built': Leesburg on the Eve of the American Revolution," a May 4 lecture by Richard Gillespie, director of education at Mosby Heritage Area Association, and Tracy Gillespie, director of historical operations for Morven Park.

¿ "William Wirt: a Presence in the Heart of Leesburg," a May 25 lecture by Elizabeth Brand Monroe, an Indiana University history professor.

¿ "Leesburg's Development as Reflected in its Archaeology," a June 1 panel discussion that includes Michael Clem, Loudoun County archaeologist; Heidi Siebentritt of the Loudoun County Planning Department; and David Clark, founder of the Loudoun Archaeological Foundation.

¿ "Mapping Leesburg," a June 22 illustrated lecture by Eugene Scheel, Loudoun County geographer, historian and Washington Post columnist.

¿ "Leesburg as Transportation Hub," a Sept. 14 panel discussion that includes Paul McCray of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority; Tim Deike of Leesburg Executive Airport; and Noel Grove, former writer for National Geographic and co-author of a recent volume on Loudoun's history.

¿ "Leesburg's African American Community: an Exceptional Experience," a Sept. 28 discussion that includes public historian Deborah A. Lee, author Elaine E. Thompson and the Rev. Harold Stinger of First Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

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