Transparent Waters: The History and Significance of Florida’s Springs

Presented By Tom Berson

Florida’s springs are not only unique in their size and number, they are also emblematic of a forgotten Florida, a mysterious frontier that once stirred the national imagination. Before Disney or even the growth of coastal resorts attracted visitors to Florida, travelers ventured in droves into the wild and enchanting Florida interior to visit the springs. This talk examines how springs were—and still are—symbolic representations of natural Florida, and how they continue to stand at the critical and fragile intersection with growth and development.

Tom Berson received his doctorate from the University of Florida, where he wrote his dissertation on the history of Silver Springs and the north Florida interior. A former health and science journalist, he also has an M.A. from Florida State University in American and Florida Studies. He has taught Florida and Environmental history classes at Stetson University and currently teaches American History at Santa Fe College.

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