2020-2021 Ormond Beach Historical Society Speaker Series

Presented with a matching grant from the Florida Humanities

Sept. 26, 2020 – Ten Foods that Define Florida – Gary Mormino

What foods define the Sunshine State? Caldo gallego, gazpacho, black bean soup, Key Lime, or sweet potato pie? Join Gary Mormino, Professor of History Emeritus, USF, for a lively discussion on Florida Foodways.


Oct. 24, 2020 – Hometown Team: Florida Sports History

Steve Noll, UF, returns with the history of sports in Florida in the context of racial and gender issues, the influence of big business, and personal identities Floridians have with their local teams. It’s serious but it’s also fun!


Nov. 21, 2020 – Vanishing Florida: A Visual and Literal Story of Lost Wilderness and History

Through the use of historical information, poetry, and famous quotes, Kevin Boldenow, Elliott Museum, captures our diminishing wilderness, both visually and literally.


Jan. 14, 2021 –Thurs., 7 p.m.- Jews in Florida: Centuries of Stories

Join Marcia Jo Zervitz, Founding Exec. Dir., Jewish Museum of FL-FIU, sharing the history of the Jews who were integral to every area of Florida’s growth from colonial times to the present. The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park: Where Legend Meets History. How did the factual history of Ponce de Leon and the complete mythology of a fountain of youth become so indelibly entangled that 500 years later we still can’t mention one without thinking of the other? In his newest book, Dr. Roger Smith dives into this historical quandary to address this and other treasures at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park in St. Augustine, FL. If you haven’t been in a while, you will want to hear this talk!


Jan. 30, 2021 – The American Revolution in Florida: The Siege of Pensacola, 1781

Historian Dr. David Head, UCF, tells the story of the Siege of Pensacola and its importance to the international story of American independence.


Feb. 27, 2021 - In Pursuit of Florida’s Paleo Hunters

Travel back into the last Ice Age and learn about Florida’s first people with paleontologist David Letasi of the Museum of Science in Tampa.


March 27, 2021- The Finest Hour: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue

New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias returns with slides of the storm, sinking tankers, rescues, victims, survivors and heroes to tell the story of this historic 1952 event, as well as the making of the Disney movie.


April 24, 2021 - Truly Off the Beaten Path

The always popular James “Zach” Zacharias from MOAS will reveal destinations that even Floridians haven’t discovered.


May 29, 2021 – Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State

Listen to Art Levy, Associate Editor, Florida Trend magazine, as he shares stories of the prominent Floridians he interviewed while traveling around the state for over a decade.


June 26, 2021 - African-American Politics

Dr. Sharon Wright Austin, Political Science Professor at UF, will provide a history of African American political issues in Florida, and in the nation generally, since Reconstruction, with an emphasis on present day issues.

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.

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