Heath Hardage Lee
Women's History Writer
Heath comes from a museum education, preservation, and program background. She holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Davidson College, and an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.
She started her museum career at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Director of Education and Programs. Heath has since worked as a consultant for southern house museums such as Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee’s birthplace, and Menokin Plantation, once home to Francis Lightfoot Lee. She recently served as the Coordinator of the History Series for Salisbury House & Gardens, a 1920’s house museum in Des Moines, Iowa. She currently works as the Editorial Assistant for The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.
Potomac Books, a division of the University of Nebraska Press, published Heath’s first book, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, in 2014. This biography about the fascinating youngest daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was one of Potomac Press’s bestselling books for 2014. Winnie won the 2015 Colonial Dames of America Annual Book Award as well as a Gold Medal for Nonfiction writing from the Independent Publisher 2015 Book Awards.
Heath moved to Des Moines from her hometown of Richmond, Virginia in 2008. She is married to Chris Lee and they have two children, Anne Alston Lee and James Hawkins Lee. While living in Midwest, Heath found that she loved the Iowa State Fair, the Butter Cow, and corn.
Heath is starting the next chapter in her adventures this summer, moving back to her home state to the lovely mountain town of Roanoke (known as the “Star City of the South,”)
where she can’t wait to try the famous buttermilk biscuits at the Roanoker Restaurant. She will also have easier access to Parker’s North Carolina BBQ, and Richmond’s Sally Belle’s caramel cupcakes.
Heath is currently working on her second book, a group biography entitled Vietnam War Wives about the courageous Wives of men who were Prisoners of War or Missing in Action during the Vietnam War. Stay tuned for more news on that book this fall.