The Little Town that Unity Built

Martha Bireda, Director of the Blanchard House Museum of Black History and Culture, will present The Little Town That Unity Built about Punta Gorda’s history. Punta Gorda, a small town on Florida’s Southwest coast, has the distinction of having the state’s second oldest population. The town has another lesser known but significant distinction as well. Punta Gorda has been characterized as having a “unique sociology” due to its early biracial

Let’s Talk About: State of Water, State of Mind

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of The United States and Florida bedrock water legislation with the Clean Water Act, let’s consider a Shared ethic for water. Water defines us as Floridians no matter where we live. An award-winning environmental journalist who has reported on the water and climate change of the world, Cynthia Barnett, will discuss how citizens can get more engaged with our state’s most precious resource. This

The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans with Cynthia Barnett

Join award-winning environmental author Cynthia Barnett as she explores the long, rich, and surprisingly profound relationship between humans and seashells. With her engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight, Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as the human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for our warming world. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Marco

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Florida Talks at the Reserve

The Lunch & Learn Lecture Series hosted at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests to enjoy a meal in the comfort of the auditorium while learning something new from the Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau. Join us for Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s series of three monthly Lunch & Learn lectures in partnership with Florida Humanities. Each month the series will focus on a unique facet of Florida’s history and pop

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Florida Talks at the Reserve

The Lunch & Learn Lecture Series hosted at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests to enjoy a meal in the comfort of the auditorium while learning something new from the Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau. Join us for Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s series of three monthly Lunch & Learn lectures in partnership with Florida Humanities. Each month the series will focus on a unique facet of Florida’s history and pop

Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism

Cori Convertito investigates the development of the Florida Keys as a tourist destination. It walks through the islands’ history to answer questions such as Why did tourists visit and how did they get here? Where did they stay and what activities were available? And just who were these tourists? This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Marco Island Historical Society. Funding for this program was provided

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: Florida Talks at the Reserve

The Lunch & Learn Lecture Series hosted at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center invites guests to enjoy a meal in the comfort of the auditorium while learning something new from the Florida Humanities Speakers Bureau. Join us for Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s series of three monthly Lunch & Learn lectures in partnership with Florida Humanities. Each month the series will focus on a unique facet of Florida’s history and pop

Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State

For more than a decade, journalist Art Levy has traveled the state, interviewing prominent Floridians for a Florida Trend magazine feature called “Icon”. The resulting interviews have been compiled in a University Press of Florida book titled, “Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State.” Join the Marco Island Historical Society for a “Zoom In” presentation with Levy, who tailors each presentation to the

Short Tales – Short Takes: A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories

From the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge to the Ashley Gang, Florida history is brimming with fascinating characters and memorable events. Enjoy lively interpretations of some of the better-known Florida tales of lovers, criminals, and celebrities, as well as others you might not have encountered. Stories performed are based on Dr. Neile’s book Florida Lore (History Press). This event is funded through a Florida Humanities Florida Talks Grant, in partnership with

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment

Raised by naturalist parents in rural Southwest Florida, Marjorie Carr used the power of the pen and grassroots activism to celebrate Old Florida and protect Florida’s wildlife and wild places, preserving many of north central Florida’s ecological treasures. This event is funded through a Florida Humanities Florida Talks Grant, in partnership with the Marco Island Historical Society.

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