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Biltmore Estate to be topic of Covington’s presentation to Friends


Originally published: Mar. 10, 2013
Last modified: Mar. 10, 2013

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In an upcoming presentation, Biltmore estate historian Howard Covington Jr. of Greensboro will describe how the Biltmore estate began as a private home that later became the state’s most popular tourist destination and how it operates today.

At 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, Friends of the Library will welcome Covington for a presentation at their meeting at the Ashe County Library.

Covington, a native of Concord, and a 1965 graduate of the University of Florida, was a University Fellow of the American Political Science Association at the University of Michigan in 1973. He lives in Greensboro, where he writes history and biography.

He began his career as a reporter with the Florida Times-Union and later the Charlotte Observer before leaving to become executive city editor of the Greensboro News & Record. While at the Observer, he created and co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1981.

During the past 25 years, he has written more than 20 works of history and biography, including a biography of former governor and U. S. senator Terry Sanford that was published by Duke University Press in 1999.

He is the co-author of The Story of NationsBank, Changing the Face of American Banking, which was published by the UNC Press in June 1993. He was co-editor of The North Carolina Century, Tar Heels Who Made A Difference, 1900-2000 that was published by the Levine Museum of the New South in 2002 and released through UNC Press.

Favored By Fortune is a three-generation biography of the Hill family of Durham. It was published by UNC Chapel Hill Library and received the 2004 Old North State Award from the N.C. Literary and Historical Society for best non-fiction by a North Carolina writer.

His book about the private preservation of Biltmore Estate, Lady On The Hill, was published by John F. Wiley & Sons in 2006. It is now in a third printing.

A twentieth-century history of Greensboro, Once Upon A City, was published in 2008 by the Greensboro Historical Museum

In November 2010, UNC Press published The Good Government Man. It is a biography of Albert Coates, the founder of the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill.

A centennial history of The Crossnore School was published in 2012.

The Friends of the Ashe County Public Library is a nonprofit organization whose members support the library in advocacy and volunteering and provide financial support through the sale of generous donations of gently-used books, magazines and gift basket materials. All funds raised by the Friends return to the library in the way of programs, special events and other services. Membership in the Friends is only $5 per person annually or a lifetime membership per person of $100. A business membership is $50 annually. All Friends meetings are open to the public.

Light refreshments will be available at the meeting.

For more information, call (336) 846-2041.

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