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War in Paradise: World War II in Florida at Home Alive in ’45: A World War II Living History Event

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

War in Paradise by Eliot Kleinberg

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany’s U-Boats worked with impunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida’s very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases, and airfields increased from 8 to 172 by 1943. The sleepy southern state became one of the nation’s hotspots, and Florida would never be the same.

Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering local news, he wrote extensively about Florida and its history. He produced two history columns and more than a dozen books about the state. He also runs a blog on bad writing and how to fix it called Something Went Horribly Wrong.

This program is part of the Home Alive in ’45 event at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village on April 27 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This event takes attendees back to the small town of Lacoochee, Florida in 1945 to see what they did to support the war efforts with live reactors and hands-on activities. Admission is $12/adults, $6/students and children, and free for five and under.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village. 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. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

April 27 @ 10:00 am -
April 27 @ 4:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Eliot Kleinberg, Author and Journalist
Event Fee:
$12 for adults; $6 for students and children; Free for children 5 and under
Event Type:

Event Contact:

Andy Warrener
(352) 567-0262

Event Venue:

Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
15602 Pioneer Museum Rd
Dade City, FL 33523
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Venue Phone:
(352) 567-0262

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