Professor Shares Discovery of Washington's Boyhood Home Nov. 10

TAMPA, Fl. (Oct. 21, 2008) – University of South Florida History Professor Philip Levy’s discovery of the remains of George Washington’s boyhood home captured imaginations and garnered worldwide media attention last summer. He returns to USF Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center, Room 2708 to share his fascinating story of this major archeological research project. The lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.

For the last seven years, his entire tenure with USF, Levy has co-directed the project at Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Va. with the assistance of more than 60 USF students. He worked with David Muraca, director of archaeology for The George Washington Foundation (GWF), which owns the property.

“The significance of this find to American historical archeology and American history is indisputable,” said Levy. “It brings us that much closer to the flesh and blood human being George Washington was and sheds light on his early life, about which heretofore we knew very little.”

This event is sponsored by the Historian Guild, the USF Department of History, the USF Humanities Institute, the Office of the Provost and the Archeological Institute of America (USF Chapter). Levy’s research was funded in part by Virginia’s Dominion Foundation and the National Geographic Society (NGS).

Levy’s first book, Fellow Travelers: Indians and Europeans Contesting the Early American Trail, recently was published by the University Press of Florida. He is completing another major book project, In the Shadow of the Father: George Washington, Landscape and Meaning. He also has published nine refereed articles and professional reports in leading professional journals.

Professor Levy came to USF from the College of William and Mary where he received his Ph.D., July 2001. His specialties are early American history with a specific focus on colonial Indian relations and American historical archeology.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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