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Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

Event Date:

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring, FL 33872


Carla Sherwin
(239) 560-3665

Program Description:

Florida’s history as territory and state can be told through the changing methods of transportation designed to move people and goods both to Florida and within Florida. Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, Dr. Steven Noll will trace how Florida changed from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, Dr. Noll will take us on a journey that moves from the Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues currently facing the Sunshine State. He will also look at transportation in the Heartland and touch on the history of transportation with respect to cattle and citrus.

Master Lecturer Steve Noll received his Ph.D. in 1991 in American History from the University of Florida, his M.A. in 1985 from the University of Florida, his M.Ed. from the University of Florida in Special Education in 1976, and his B.A. in 1974 from the College of William and Mary. He joined the University of Florida Department of History in 1992. He taught Special Education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. He has written extensively on two widely disparate topics- Florida history & the environment and disability history. In 2009, he published the award-winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal and is currently working on two books- one on the disability rights movement of the 1970s, and the other on Florida environmental policy and the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Ocklawaha River.

A “Meet and Greet” with Dr. Noll accompanied by book sales and signings will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm prior to his lecture in the park recreation hall. Parking will be available in the overflow fields at the campground entrance. ADA handicapped accessible parking is available at the park recreation hall. The lecture is free and park entry fees are waived after 6:00 pm.