When Manatees Were Sea Cows: How Floridians Coped When Times Were Hard

Presented By Janie Gould

This program explores some of the inventive ways in which Floridians survived during the Great Depression and later in the 20th century. The presentation will focus primarily on food, especially items not generally consumed today, such as sandhill cranes, gopher tortoises, raccoons and armadillos. It will also include a woman’s memories of how her unemployed father was able to put food on the table during the Great Depression by collecting Spanish moss and selling it for use as mattress stuffing. Most of the people whose voices will be heard reside on the Treasure Coast, but the topic has general interest.

Janie Gould, a fourth-generation Floridian, lives in Vero Beach.  She is a writer, editor, lecturer and  retired public radio journalist. She created and produced the Floridays show for WQCS, the NPR member station for the Treasure Coast. Her Floridays segments on Florida history and culture were also carried on the statewide public radio show, Florida Frontiers. She received numerous awards from the Associated Press, and the Florida Historical Society selected her to receive the Hampton Dunn Radio Broadcast Award in 2007. She has published two books, Floridays: Stories From Under the Sun, Vols. 1 and 2. Her third book, Food for Floridays: Stories and Recipes, is due out in November.  She is a board member of Vero Heritage, Inc., a former president of the Indian River County Historical Society, and a former board member of the Florida Historical Society.

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