Dr. Mallory O’Connor explores the connection between the fabled Fountain of Youth and the development of Florida as a land where dreams come true and people can reinvent themselves. Works of art—both traditional and popular—provide the framework for an intriguing look into the heart of Florida’s self-image. This free program will be held on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. in the Leesburg Public Library.
Mallory O’Connor is a Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Fe College. She has been involved in numerous exhibits on Florida, including: Florida Before Columbus, Opening the Door to a New World: Mark Catesby in La Florida, and The Great Alachua Savanna: A Visual History of Payne’s Prairie. Currently, she is working on a book and an art exhibition focusing on the Fountain of Youth in Florida history, mythology and art.
This program is part of Lake County’s celebration of Viva Florida 500, a statewide, year-long, multicultural commemoration. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the national Endowment for the Humanities.
The Leesburg Public Library is located at 100 E Main Street in Leesburg. For information call 352-728-9790.