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Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal
January 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
This presentation examines the long, convoluted history of an effort to cross Florida by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Noll covers topics including steamboat tourism, the first attempted ship canal in the 1930s, the building of the canal in the 1960s, and the stoppage by an environmental movement led by Marjorie Harris Carr in 1971. Registration is not required to attend. Bathrooms are located near the entrance to the right. The community center is handicapped accessible. Parking is limited. Come early to enjoy free coffee and light refreshments.
Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the University of Florida’s history department, where received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in public schools for twenty-eight years before moving to UF in 2004. He has written on general Florida history as well as more specialized subjects ranging from Florida environmental policy, the Cross Florida Barge Canal, and the 1970s disability rights movement. In 2013, the Princeton Review named him one of the 300 best professors in the United States.
This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Palm Coast Historical Socitey. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
January 21 @ 10:00 am -
January 21 @ 11:00 am