Friday, November 15th @ 9:00-11:00 a.m. Ferndale Preserve ~ Dr. Jeff Moates, Acting Director, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Walk in the Footsteps of the First Floridians
Dr. Jeff Moates will give a walking tour of Ferndale Preserve in Lake County, Florida. The tour will feature discussions of some of Florida's earliest inhabitants as well as later inhabitants of the Lake Apopka region. Dr. Moates will discuss the archaeology of Ferndale Preserve and demonstrate some of the ancient tools and technology used by the First Floridians. Finally, he will discuss the early history of the area and its settlement. The walking tour will meet at the Preserve parking lot and will take approximately an hour and a half. The topography is very hilly and sandy. Please wear appropriate foot gear.
Saturday, November 16th @ 10 a.m. Leesburg Public Library ~ Patrick Smith's A Land Remembered: A Multimedia Presentation
Smith's son, Rick Smith, will share a multi-media presentation of this award-winning Florida classic that has been suggested as required reading for native and new Floridians. Few if any books have captured the spirit and colorful history of Florida as has Patrick Smith’s beloved novel. This program is a sensory delight, incorporating video clips, photos, paintings, music and sound effects to transport you to another place and time. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, November 19th at 2 p.m. Leesburg Public Library ~ William Bartram and Constance Fenimore Woolson
Gain a unique perspective on Florida’s history. The Storytelling Sims, humorists, historians, and tandem tellers, will portray naturalist William Bartram and author Constance Fenimore Woolson.
William Bartram, portrayed by Wayne Sims, is described by many as perhaps America’s best-know traveler and naturalist. In 1774, Bartram traveled inland from the St. Johns River to the Alachua Savanna, present-day Paynes Prairie Preserve on what was to become one of the most important botanical explorations ever of the Southeastern United States. At the village of Cuscowilla, near Micanopy, Bartram was greeted by the Creek chief, Cowkeeper. Bartram’s drawings of flora and fauna and his writings did much to popularize Florida for settlement. He recorded what he saw in his book, “The Travels of William Bartram.”
Constance Fenimore Woolson, portrayed by Jane Sims, was a 19th century American author and travel writer who spent winters in Florida during the 1870s post-Civil War/pre-Henry Flagler era. Great niece of James Fenimore Cooper, Woolson was a prolific writer and poet whose eloquent commentaries about her travels and impressions of Florida and the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers appeared in popular periodicals of the day. She often said her most compelling memories were of a place she loved: Florida.
Photo Exhibit January 15 - February 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!