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Cancelled Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

May 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

The fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million-dollar theater. When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of the spring in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world famous Florida icons.

Lu Vickers has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for fiction for excerpts for a novel in progress. She has also been the recipient of two Florida Book awards and three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships for fiction. In addition to writing Remembering Paradise Park (with C. Graham), she has written the novel Breathing Underwater 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, with Bonnie Georgiadis.

This event is funded by FLorida Humanities’ Florida Talks program in partnership with the Friends of the Fort Myers Library.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

May 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm -
May 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Lu Vickers, Scholar
Event Fee:

Event Contact:

Nancy Petralia

Event Venue:

Fort Myers Regional Library
1651 Lee St.
Fort Myers, 33901 United States
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Venue Phone:
(239) 489-9487
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