• The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

    Presented By David Schmidt The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was on one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs.  Many saw it as a “make work’ program which did not accomplish its goals – the acronym was derided as “We Piddle Around.”  The evidence indicates that the program was far

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  • The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida: State Parks and More

    Presented By David Schmidt In his book, Rightful Heritage, Douglas Brinkley concludes that ”few [New Deal] programs would shine brighter” than the Civilian Conservation Corps. During the presence of the CCC in Florida, from 1933 until 1942, there were over 70 camps around the state with a total of just

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  • Florida and World War II

    Presented By Gary Mormino On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt megastate. World War II is the lynchpin. The war galvanized Floridians, resulting in the inux of two million servicemen. WWII also ignited a modern civil rights movement,

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  • An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories

    Presented By Dr. Kitty Oliver A professionally-performed cabaret performance of inspirational jazz vocals* and literary stories tracing the common journey of native-born Americans and immigrants as we adapt to life in a diverse society and social change on a global scale. Dr. Oliver shares personal experiences moving from segregation to

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  • Race and Change Across Cultures and Generations: Florida Stories

    Presented By Dr. Kitty Oliver This multimedia program blends lively cross-cultural stories, research and discussion on coming of age with integration in ethnically diverse Florida in a 21st Century dialogue on race in a non-confrontational way. Drawing on an archive of over 125 oral histories of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians

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  • Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment

    Presented By Peggy MacDonald Florida’s “Three Marjorie(y)s” used the power of the pen and grassroots activism to celebrate Old Florida and protect Florida’s wildlife and wild places. Through engaging historic postcards and photos and a lively presentation and discussion, author Peggy Macdonald blends Florida, women’s and environmental history to provide

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  • The Battle Over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Basin

    Presented By Tom Berson Florida v. Georgia isn’t just a football rivalry, it’s also the title of a Supreme Court case that could affect the health of the Apalachicola River and Bay and the fate of the Florida oyster industry that depends on them. For more than two decades, increasing

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  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Jim Crow Florida

    Presented By Betty Jean Steinshouer Much has been written about what went on at Cross Creek between the author of The Yearling and her relationships with people of color, including her employees such as Martha Mickens and Idella Parker, and her friends Zora Neale Hurston and Pearl Primus. In this PowerPoint

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