Hear from expert speakers, and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10% discount (Please login to website to receive your discounted rate). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Given By: Peggy Macdonald, Executive Director at the Matheson History Museum; and Adjunct Professor at Stetson University and Indian River State College

Lecture Description: 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 audiences with an inspirational message about the power a small group of committed citizens can have to defend Florida’s environment. Carr was raised by naturalist parents in rural southwest Florida when the state had fewer than a million residents. In the 1960s, when I-75 was constructed through her backyard, Carr launched a conservation career that preserved many of north central Florida’s ecological treasures.

Brief Bio: Peggy Macdonald is a native Floridian. She is the executive director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville. Dr. Macdonald also teaches history at Stetson University and online at Indian River State College. Her recent book, Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment, won Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award contest in Women’s Studies. She has written articles on local and Florida history and culture for Gainesville Magazine, Our Town Magazine and Senior Times. Macdonald is an alumna of the University of Florida (Ph.D. in history, 2010) and Hollins University, a women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia. She lives in Gainesville with her husband, two children and a blue and gold macaw named Miles.