A native of Philadelphia, Paul A. Levengood received his BA from Davidson College in 1993, his MA from Rice University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 1999. He arrived at the VHS in 2000, taking up duties as the associate editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. In 2002 he earned promotion to managing editor of the VMHB. In 2005 he added program coordinator of the Reynolds Business History Center to his responsibilities. In 2007 he attended the three-week Seminar for Historical Administration.
In May 2008, Dr. Levengood became president-elect and CEO-elect of the Virginia Historical Society, to succeed Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., on his retirement in November 2008. Founded as a private institution in 1831, the society has developed a vast collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and museum objects that support the study and interpretation of Virginia's history. The VHS sponsors conferences, lectures, publications, and exhibitions as part of its mission to promote a broader understanding of Virginia history.
At the VHS, Levengood has helped coordinate a number of special programs, including such symposia as "Before and After Brown in Virginia"; "Virginians in the White House"; and "Sweet Dreams: The Life and Times of Patsy Cline." In addition he
has served as the executive producer of "Witness to a Century," a television documentary on centenarians looking back on the twentieth century airing on WCVE in Richmond. He has also presented a series of evening film courses at the VHS that have examined how the South, the Civil War, and southern musicians have been portrayed on the silver screen.
His book Virginia: Catalyst of Commerce for Four Centuries was published in 2007 and was the official quadracentennial commemorative project of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Another book, Houston at War: The Creation of a Modern City, is under contract with Texas A&M University Press. He has also published an article in an anthology on the U.S. South in a global world, a Civil War history article in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and book reviews in a range of scholarly journals. His current research project examines the history of soccer in the United States.
Dr. Levengood has served since its inception on the editorial advisory board of the Encyclopedia Virginia, based at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Since 2007 he has also served on the Virginia Bar Association's Committee of Issues of State and National Importance. He is currently serving on several committees of the American Association of State and Local History.
He has been married since 1996 to Kristin Miller Levengood, and they live in Henrico County with their three children: Isabel; Alexander; and Sophie. Dr. Levengood's hobbies include woodworking, home improvement, gardening, golf, and soccer. He plays on an adult soccer team and coaches a youth team.
Paul A. Levengood
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