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Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

October 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of Weeki Wachee Springs in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world-famous Florida icons. This presentation covers the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the resident “mermaids” from their earliest days performing silent ballets to their pinnacle of popularity.

Lu Vickers was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction as well as two Florida Book Awards and three Florida Individuals Artists Fellowships. In addition to writing Remembering Paradise Park with C. Graham, she has written Breathing Underwater, a novel, and three other Florida history books: Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids, Cypress Gardens, America’s Tropical Wonderland, and, Weeki Wachee, Thirty Years of Underwater Photography.

Registration is required by 3 p.m. on October 23 by emailing [email protected]. Registrants will receive the Zoom link 1-2 hours before the program.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Boynton Beach Historical Society. 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:

October 23, 2023 @ 7:00 pm -
October 23, 2023 @ 8:15 pm


Presenter Information:
Lu Vickers, Scholar
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Event Contact:

Barbara Ready
(561) 313-5185

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Venue Phone:
(850) 222-6028

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