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Photo Exhibit January 15 - March 15, 2014 W. T. Bland Public Library ~ Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States—the 500th anniversary of the time that began when Juan Ponce de León and his crew walked ashore on Florida's east coast and named it La Florida. To celebrate the Quincentennial of the arrival Ponce de León and the beginning of the European settlement of the region, the Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center hosted The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology and Art, an art exhibit organized by oconnorartLLC, curated by Dr. Mallory O’Connor and jointly hosted by the Thomas Center Galleries and the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center. The joint exhibitions were on display from March through June in Gainesville. The exhibition and related programs are funded by a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and are managed by oconnorartLLC, a Gainesville-based art consulting business.


Ongoing Opportunity, Fruitland Park Library  ~  Welcome to the Park

In the 1880’s Fruitland Park had all the advantages of natural beauty and a desirable location for winter visitors, home seekers, the farmer, the citrus grower and the business man.

Founded in 1876 by Major O.P. Rooks of Cincinnati, Ohio, the town was named after the Fruitland Nurseries of Augusta, Georgia. There was already a Fruitland in Florida at that time and postal authorities refused to permit the name of Fruitland Park; hence, the town was officially renamed Gardenia. But, the railroad had already issued its timetables with the name Fruitland Park and persisted in its use so that everything except the mail was addressed in that way. Four years later, the postal officials were brought around.

Enjoy the self-guided tour of historic Fruitland park at your own pace and leisure. There are 42 sites to visit in an 8.9 mile radius and it all begins at the Fruitland Park Library 205 W. Berckman Street, Fruitland Park FL 34731. Any questions about the trail, please call the library at 352-360-6561. Stop in and pick up a trail map!