After Five, History Comes Alive! Join us for the first in a five-part evening speaker series on with author Craig Pittman, presenting The Scent of Scandal– a story that takes readers inside the wild world of orchid smuggling.
A native Floridian, Craig Pittman started his writing career at the Troy State University student newspaper. Since then, Craig has worked for several publications, including the Tampa Bay Times and has covered natural disasters and other environmental issues. He is an award-winning journalist and has received the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism four times and the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists twice.
Craig will talk about his book, The Scent of Scandal, a tale that takes readers through a tumultuous investigation of a rare orchid that commands $10,000 on the black market.
“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 to each event is free for Edison Ford members and $5 for non-members. Tours of the homes, museum and laboratory are not included. Examples of the extensive Edison Ford orchid collection will be on display, and the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe will be open. The author will have books available for sale and signing. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available.
Upcoming FHC Speaker Series Dates:
- Tuesday, December 11, at 10 a.m.: “U-Boats Close to Home”
This is a special daytime lecture on Florida during World War II with author Michael Tougias. This event will take place in the South Florida Water Management building, located at 2301 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers.
- 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.
The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is an accessible site. For more information, call (239) 334-7419.