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Weeki Wachee Springs, Home to Florida’s Mythical Mermaids

Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

Organized to complement the exhibition Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures , the Orange County Regional History Center welcomes author Lu Vickers to discuss the history of the famed Florida mermaids of Weeki Wachee. Discover the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of these mythical 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 program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Historical Society of Central Florida.

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Date/time: November 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Lu Vickers, Professor of English, Tallahassee Community College

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