Philip Levy is a Professor of History at the University of South Florida. His work sits at the intersection of history, historical archaeology, landscape, memory, and public history. Levy is the author of several books dealing with George Washington, both as a person and as a national icon. Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home (2013) and George Washington Written Upon the Land: Nature, Memory, Myth, and Landscape (2015) focus on the places of Washington childhood. The Permanent Resident: Excavations and Explorations of the Life of George Washington (2022) explores the many sites of Washington’s life and how their stories have been shaped by archaeology and issues of memory and commemoration. His newest book, Yard Birds: The Lives and Times of America’s Urban Chickens (2023), tells a very different story from his other work and explores how chickens and cities have shaped one another. Levy is currently completing a new history of Washington’s childhood that will finally fill the longstanding gaps in that important part of Washington’s biography. That book draws on decades of archaeological and documentary research and a new Historical Resource Study he wrote for the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. He is also working on a book about forged Washingtoniana—a project that stems from his long experience working with Washington sites and their associated material culture. Levy has appeared on NPR, C-SPAN, and National Geographic, and presented public talks for audiences at venues including National Park Service sites and the National Archives. He is also a champion old-time fiddler and prize-winning clawhammer banjo player.