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10:00 am

Lighthouses of the Sunshine State

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cedar Key Historical Society, 609 2nd St
Cedar Key, FL 32625 United States

Over 50 lighthouses stand as silent sentinels along Florida’s 1,300 miles of coast. From shifting sandbars to reef-strewn shallows lighthouses have endured hurricanes, earthquakes, even military attack. From the tops of lighthouses, keepers have watched ships come to grief and reported the destruction of U-boats during World War II. Taking...

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6:00 pm

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Royal, 390 East Highway 462
Wildwood, FL 34785 United States

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She served as a New Deal government official — in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration, and the highest held by an African American woman; was founder of FDR’s “black cabinet”; served as...

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7:00 pm

FDR’s WPA and CCC Projects in Sarasota County

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was on one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Many saw it as a “make work’ program which did not accomplish its goals – the acronym was derided as “We Piddle Around.” The evidence indicates that the program was far more successful and, even...

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