Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Local author, Norm Ledgin will speak about his most recent book, “Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother,” at the Gardner Historical Museum on Saturday, May 11.
The book concerns the relationship of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, at one time, Jefferson’s slave. Jefferson and Hemings had a 38-year love affair. The historical novel mixes adventure and romance.
Ledgin, 84, of Stanley, Kan., has authored several books in the last few years. His latest book was released in August 2012.
The author is a former newspaper writer and editor from Passaic, NJ. He has authored two books dealing with autism. One of those books, “Diagnosing Jefferson”  contends that Thomas Jefferson demonstrated traits of Asperger Syndrome.
He also wrote “The Jayhawker,” a historical fiction book dealing with the Kansas-Missouri Border War in the 1850s.
Ledgin is a nationally-recognized speaker on topics dealing with autism and also is considered an expert on the life of  Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.
Ledgin will discuss his latest book at the museum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Gardner Historical Museum, 204 W. Main. He will have books available for purchase and signing.
The event is free and open to the public.
Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling the museum at (913)856-4447.  Refreshments will be provided by Bettie Turner, Gardner.