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.

The program begins with light refreshments in the Museum lobby at 5:30 p.m., with Florida’s History Shop and the Museum galleries open for visitors to enjoy. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Hall Auditorium. The History Shop and Museum galleries will remain open until 8:00 p.m., providing an additional opportunity view the “Living the Dream” exhibit. Dr. MacDonald will be available to sign books before and after her presentation.