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Creative Saint Augustine Lecture “Scribbling Women in Florida”

March 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Join the Lightner Museum and Florida Humanities for a special Creative Saint Augustine Community Project Grant lecture as author Betty Jean Steinshouer takes a closer look at a dozen women authors who put Florida on the map!

From Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, Elizabeth Bishop, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Rachel Carson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas; they all gravitated to the Land of Flowers. Four frequented the Old City – Harriet Beecher Stowe, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Sarah Orne Jewett (in the 19th century) and of course Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in the 20th. In this presentation, Betty Jean Steinshouer will discuss all of the “Scribbling Women in Florida” while providing a special focus on five prominent female authors who frequented St. Augustine.

Betty Jean Steinshouer has been doing public programs and teaching seminars for Florida Humanities since 1989 and has toured 43 other states for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Big Read Program of the National Endowment of the Arts. She is Fellow in the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida. She currently gives seminars for teachers and workshops for students of Chautauqua of all ages, drawing on her own nearly 25 years of experience portraying authors Willa Cather, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Gertrude Stein, Flannery O’Connor, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 43 states and Canada. She was born in the Missouri Ozarks but got sand in her shoes in 1989 and became a born-again Floridian.

This event is funded in part by a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant, in partnership with the Lightner Museum.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

March 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm -
March 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Betty Jean Steinshouer
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Event Contact:

Alison Schaeffler-Murphy
(904) 824-2874 ext. 103

Event Venue:

Lightner Museum
75 King Street
Saint Augustine, 32084 United States
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