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July - September 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 3
 
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Images of America: Leesburg

Carol Anderson

The Leesburg Public Library is pleased to announce the launching of a new book, Images of America: Leesburg, by Glorianne Fahs and Bob Grenier. The public is invited to a free celebration of the release of this book, published by Arcadia Publishing, on Thursday, July 11th at 2 pm, 100 East Main Street, Leesburg. Images of Leesburg contains more than 200 vintage images, some rarely seen, including photos of Leesburg’s pioneers, early stores, lake steamships, churches, and more representing the area’s rich heritage.

In 1866, Evander Lee and his brother Calvin traveled to New York to purchase goods for a store they recently built in an unnamed settlement between Lake Griffin and Lake Harris. When the New York supplier asked the brothers where to ship the goods, Calvin paused and then responded, "Ship 'em to Leesburg, Florida." From that day forward, the town had a name: Leesburg. Evander and his wife, Susannah, first arrived in 1857, the official date of Leesburg's founding, although several families had preceded the Lees. The first settler was Thomas Robertson, who homesteaded along the south shore of Lake Griffin in 1843. For more than 150 years, Leesburg, the "Lakefront City," has been home to many legendary figures; among the most notable are western sharpshooter Annie Oakley, entrepreneur Edward Mote, writer and illustrator David Newell, newspaper columnists Norma Hendricks and Elizabeth Geiger, educator John Morgan Dabney, and agriculturalists Arthur and Florence May Bourlay. 

Both authors will be on hand to sign copies of their book, which sells for $23.50 including tax.  A portion of the authors’ proceeds will go to the Mote Morris House Fund. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Leesburg Library. For more information call 352-728-9790 or e-mail librarian@leesburgflorida.gov