Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids

Presented by:
Lu Vickers
In-person Presentation Needs:
Projector, screen, speakers
Presentation Length:
45 Minutes

Program Details

When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of Weeki Wachee Springs in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world-famous Florida icons. This presentation covers the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the resident ‘mermaids’ from their earliest days performing silent ballets to their pinnacle of popularity.

This program is part of the Florida Center for the Book.
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About Lu

Lu Vickers was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for fiction as well as two Florida Book Awards and three Florida Individuals Artists Fellowships. In addition to writing Remembering Paradise Park with C. Graham, she has written Breathing Underwater, a novel, and three other Florida history books: Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids, Cypress Gardens, America’s Tropical Wonderland, and, Weeki Wachee, Thirty Years of Underwater Photography.

Contact Information and Details:

  • Phone: 850-661-3741
UPF and Center for the Book

This speaker is a published author with the University Press of Florida. Please visit the UPF website to find out how to buy their latest book and other great titles about Florida’s rich history and heritage. Florida Humanities members enjoy a discount on all UPF purchases. Click here to become a member today!

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