• 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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  • Hurricane!

    Presented By Eliot Kleinberg How these amazing but devastating weather machines work and have affected Florida, focusing on recent storms and on the great 1928 storm, the second-deadliest disaster in U.S. history and subject of Eliot’s award-winning Black Cloud. Includes a warning that people might not be as prepared as

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  • Lighthouses of the Sunshine State

    Presented By Brendan Burke Over 50 lighthouse stand as silent sentinels along Florida’s 1,300 miles of coast. From shifting sandbars to reef-strewn shallows lighthouses have endured hurricanes, earthquakes, even military attack. From the tops of lighthouses, keepers have watched ships come to grief and reported the destruction of U-boats during

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  • Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland

    Presented By Lu Vickers When Dick Pope transformed the swampland on the edge of Lake Eloise in Winter Haven into Cypress Gardens, he created an attraction that would become world famous, and in the process, cemented Florida’s reputation as the land of sun and fun.  He achieved these feats with

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  • Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

    Presented By Lu Vickers When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of Weeki Wachee Spring in 1947 and filled the water with cavorting mermaids, he probably had no idea that the mermaids would become world famous icons, representing the craziness of the Sunshine State. Lu Vickers’ presentation of

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  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Picturing Florida’s History Through Art

    Presented By Mallory O’Connor Florida has an especially rich visual mythology, images that span centuries of time and attest to both the vivid imagination of the artists who have sought to capture the essence of an exotic and colorful landscape and the equally flamboyant narratives that have fueled the region’s

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  • The Way We Worked – Labor and Florida History

    Presented By Steve Noll Florida has always been about more than fun in the sun and tourists on the beach.  This presentation examines the ways Floridians worked throughout the state’s history, focusing on labor in the 19th and 20th centuries.  It looks at how the nature of work has changed (and

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  • RAIN: A history for stormy times

    Presented By Cynthia Barnett An engaging natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from its key roles in civilization, religion, and art; to the peculiar history of the world’s first raincoat; to the rain obsessions of our “Founding Forecaster,” Thomas Jefferson – all building to the uncharted rains of climate change.

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