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What Kind of Pie are We: the Political Hunt for Florida State Symbols

October 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting their 2022-2023 live Speaker Series program. The second presentation in this series is based on Mark Lane’s book: Florida Symbols, Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies, which was published in 2019 by University Press of Florida and won the Florida Historical Society’s 2019 Charlton Tebeau Book Award for history writing for a general audience. Attendees will learn how many historical events, often-comical, have been proposed and/or appointed to officially define Florida. The selection of Florida’s official fruit, tree, gem, bird, song, and other items ranging from the well-known to the obscure will be discussed.

Mark Lane worked for The Daytona Beach News-Journal since 1980 as a reporter, copy editor, editorial writer, associate editor, and columnist. He was a full-time metro columnist from 1999 until his retirement in 2022 but still writes a once-a-week column. He has received many journalism awards for his columns and editorials including nine citations from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, seven Sunshine State Awards and 23 Florida Press Club awards. William McKeen, author and head of Boston University’s Journalism Department, called him “a fresh and weird original voice in Florida writing.”

This program is free, including an opening reception with refreshments at 9:30 AM. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building, and the handicap entrance is at the rear of the building. Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Ormond Beach Historical Society.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

October 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am -
October 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am


Presenter Information:
Mark Lane, Columnist, Daytona Beach News-Journal
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Event Contact:

Randy Jaye
(407) 497-5755

Event Venue:

Anderson-Price Memorial Building
42 N Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174 United States
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Venue Phone:
(407) 497-5755

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