I consider the Harlan Crow Library the epicenter of history, political and economic discussions. This architect-designed, architecturally significant library, located in the middle of Dallas and Highland Park, with a serious collection of books and letters that Harlan Crow is intimately familiar with, is a perfect spot for those in Dallas, across the country, and from around the world to convene and exchange ideas. Recently, Douglas Bradburn, the President and CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, came here to interview Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson and discuss his recent book, The British Are Coming, Volume One of the Revolution Trilogy. Hearing how George Washington was not a brilliant general but was a brilliant leader, and the overarching themes of the war and minute details of the participants, from two of our country’s foremost historians, was enthralling. Making it even more invigorating, was standing and listening by chance next to library shelves of early first edition books on George Washington. The Mount Vernon estate has been a historic and cultural symbol of the United States for over 200 years. It is also an architectural icon and we see many homes that are inspired by Mount Vernon in Dallas. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, who sponsored the event, organized by incredible Gloria Snead, purchased the Mount Vernon estate from the Washington family in 1858 and has welcomed 96 million guests to George Washington’s home. My family is descended from William Ball I, who was George Washington’s grandfather. William Ball V’s daughter, Elizabeth Ball, married William Newby, from which the Newby/Ball line descended, including William G. Newby, who donated William G. Newby Memorial Building to the Women’s Club of Fort Worth, founded in 1923. This is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The William and Elizabeth Ball Newby 500-acre farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was deed restricted so it could not be divided up. When I visit Forth Worth or Virginia, I am tempted to go by my first name–William. *Dallas Salon