Hear from expert speakers, and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10% discount (Please login to website to receive your discounted rate). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Given By: Gary Mormino, scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council and a professor emeritus of history

Lecture Description: On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the American South and Naples was a village of 1,200 residents, with no banks! Today, Florida is a Sunbelt megastate, and Naples is one of the most desirable places on the globe. What happened?

Brief Bio: Gary Mormino is a prolific author, concentrating his energies trying to understand modern Florida. His books include The Immigrant World of Ybor City and Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams.