Historian and journalist Marc Leepson will present a talk on the history of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in Josey Dining Room.
Leepson will focus on the role of the Levy family in the preservation of the third president’s home. In 1834, U.S. Navy Commodore Uriah P. Levy bought the deteriorating estate. He repaired and restored the home, and opened it to visitors. Years later, his nephew Jefferson M. Levy would again save Monticello from ruin, acquiring and maintaining control of it until its sale to the foundation that owns it today.
Leepson is the author of seven books, including “Saving Monticello: The Levy Family’s Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built.”
A book signing will follow the talk. The lecture is presented free with sponsorship from the Tusculum Institute, the history department and the arts management program. Attendees may choose to purchase dinner at the dining hall. Dinner for non-SBC adults is $8.25, payable at the door.
For more information, contact Christian Carr at [email protected] or (434) 381-6246.