Edison and Ford Winter Estates is partnering with the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) to offer an incredible speaker series. Presenters will speak on topics related to Florida’s history, including orchid smuggling, World War ll, the American Revolution, soul music, and the role of women in shaping the culture and history of Florida. Except where noted, the following events will take place at Edison Ford on the museum west porch.
Tuesday, December 11, at 10 a.m.: “U-Boats Close to Home”
Edison Ford Winter Estates presents a Florida Humanities Council Speaker Michael J. Tougias, a NY Times Bestselling author and co-author of 29 books. He is best known for his non-fiction narratives including The Finest Hours (a major motion picture by Disney).
The presentation is titled “U-Boats So Close to Home: An American Family’s World War II Story of Survival and the U-boat that Attacked Them” and will take place in the lecture hall at the South Florida Water Management building at 2301 McGregor Boulevard.
Mr. Tougias offers a dramatic slide presentation based on his book “So Close to Home”. Tougias will use slides of the attack, the survivors, and the rescue to make this an edge-of-your seat multi-media program. The program follows the first U-boat to enter the Gulf of Mexico (May 1942) as it stalked its prey 30 miles off New Orleans. Tougias was able to locate the U-boat commander’s war diary as well as members of the family who survived the attack to give a presentation that shows the events from both the German and American perspective.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Volunteer meetings are free and open to the public as well as current and potential volunteers. Contact Bobby Feldman or Holly Shaffer, Site Program Managers, for further information at 239-334-7419.
Thursday, January 24 at 6 p.m.: “Spies, Schemes, and the Song of Liberty”
Acclaimed author, Dr. Roger Smith, will talk about the shadier side of East and West Florida during the American Revolution.
Thursday, February 28 at 6 p.m.: “Florida Soul Music Heritage”
University of Tampa professor and “Florida Soul” author, John Capouya, will discuss the history of soul music in Florida and provide music samples.
Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.: “Florida’s Female Pioneers”
Award-winning author and lecturer, Dr. Peggy MacDonald, highlights some of the women who have shaped the unique culture and history of the sunshine state.
“As a passionate advocate for continuing education, and a lifelong learner herself, Mina Edison believed wholeheartedly in the transformative power of education in the lives of individuals, for the success of the community,” said Michael A. Flanders, President and CEO of Edison and Ford Winter Estates. “The support from the FHC, which makes the Florida Humanities Speaker Series possible, allows Edison Ford to bring people together as a community in order to explore a shared past and engage in important conversations about Florida’s rich culture and history.”
FHC partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the Speaker Series is provided by the FHC with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Admission is free and registration is not required. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is an accessible site. For more information, call (239) 334-7419.