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Judy Truesdell – Guest Contributor
Dec 29 2015
To Marry an English Lord

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Smith Public Library
300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300
Wylie, Texas 75098

Smith Public Library in Wylie hosts Jann Mackey as she presents To Marry An English Lord, a look at American heiresses who inspired the character Cora on TV's "Downton Abbey." Program is free, but registration is required at 972-516-6250, option 3.

After the American Civil War, more than 100 American heiresses crossed the Atlantic to find husbands among the English nobility, taking their fortunes with them. As in "Downton Abbey," these partnerships often saved palaces and castles, introducing modern facilities and turning these country homes into magnificent repositories of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.