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Weekie Wachee: City of Mermaids
Learn about the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million-dollar theater.
Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United StatesVirtual/Online
Over 200 years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. Head is an associate lecturer of history
War in Paradise: World War II in FloridaVirtual/Online
In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany's U-Boats worked with immunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida's very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases and airfields increased from eight to 172