Friday, March 5, 2021

Rookery Bay Hosts Florida Humanities Speaker Series

Peggy MacDonald will speak at Rookery Bay on January 9. Submitted Photo

Peggy MacDonald will speak at Rookery Bay on January 9. Submitted Photo



miss the 2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture and people. Presented by the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) in partnership with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, this series will showcase engaging talks and performances each month through April 2018.

The series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical journey into Florida colonial life, a look at lighthouses along the coast and more. Presentations are from noon to 1 PM. The cost is $15 and includes lunch.

The January 9 presentation is “Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment.” This presentation blends women’s and Florida’s environmental history into one story of conservation, with Peggy MacDonald, author and executive director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville.

Subsequent presentations in the series include:
Feb. 20: “Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor
of Florida” recounts the life of Dr.
Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became

only the second woman doctor
licensed in Florida, portrayed by FHC
Chautauqua Scholar Carrie Sue Ayvar.
March 20: “Lighthouses of the
Sunshine State: Sentinels of History
along Florida’s Coast” is a journey
across Florida with Brendan Burke,
Maritime Historian at the St.
Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime
April 10: “Innovation and the
Transformation of Seminole Culture”
features Andrew Frank, Allen Morris
Associate Professor of History at
Florida State University, who explains
Seminole Indian culture from the
1700’s to today.
The Florida Humanities Council
partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the
Speaker Series is provided by the Florida
Humanities Council with funds from the
Florida Department of State, Division of
Cultural Affairs and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

Preregister at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples.

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