Water as We Look to the Future

Just as the ancient Floridians coped with the uncertainty of rising seas, today our state considers how to navigate — and build for — a flooded terrain. Designing a future to meet the rising seas In coastal Florida, treasured old buildings are raised up and new ones reimagined, but will that be enough to hold back the waters? By Ron Cunningham Crawfish” Eddie Walker built his stilt shack over salt

Return of Smithsonian’s “Water/Ways”

Exploring the endless motion of water with Smithsonian Florida Humanities brings the wonder of the Smithsonian to local communities in 2021–22 This year, explore the endless motion of the water cycle — from water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, to its impact on culture and spirituality — with Smithsonian Institution through Museum on Main Street. The exhibition will be on tour from June 2021–August 2022. Visitors will have the

Voices of the Bay

“When you’ve seen a million beautiful sunsets or sunrises, how do you pick one out?” Voices of the Florida Bay Project: Captain Eddie Wightman, fishing guide Interview by Emma Haydocy When it comes to telling the story of an endangered waterway, who better to call upon than those who have spent their lives upon its waters? That’s how Captain Eddie Wightman came to sit down with Emma Haydocy, executive director

The Sewing Box and the Great Blue

By Hannah Gorski A classmate tells me she’s paddling up Salt Creek to retrieve the dead heron our class found on the last trip. My eyes shift from the paper I’m reading to squint over the harbor. I remember the bird, a Great Blue, the largest heron in North America. I had not expected that blue, tangled mass strangled by skeins of fishing line. The bird’s sodden feathers spread with

The Florida I have inside me….

A literary remembrance of Bill Belleville, whose storytelling celebrates the mystery and glory of our state’s waterways, and beckons us to go outside. By Cynthia Barnett This winter on a sunny weekday, I jostled my kayak into the warm waters of the Wekiva River in honor of Bill Belleville, one of the great chroniclers of what he called vernacular Florida—“the luxuriant particulars of nature, of culture, and of place.” Belleville,

Water as A Healing Source, In search of miracle cures

From ancient times, water has been imbued with almost magical curative powers. Taking the waters in Florida After the Civil War, visitors flocked to the state, drawn by a promise of the healing powers of the springs and the sea. By Rick Kilby Beer baron Charles D. Kaier had certainly prospered in America after he immigrated from Germany. He fought for his new country during the Civil War and, by
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