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Florida Humanities Speaker Series at Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on October 4, 2017

Don’t miss the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 2017-2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture, and people.

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, this series will showcase five engaging talks and performances, starting in October 2017 and ending in April 2018.

Admission to each is free. Due to limited seating please call to make your reservation or for information at 352-341-6428.

All programs will be hosted at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square, downtown Inverness on the Square.

The series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical journey into Florida’s Spanish colonial life and the influence that the Black Seminoles played later in our area during the Second Seminole War, an exploration of manatees—Florida’s beloved sea cows, lighthouses and the role they played in our state, as well the many myths of Chief Osceola, and lastly Carrie-Sue Ayvar will introduce us to Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida and her unbelievable but true tales of south Florida.

The first Speaker Event of the Series: October 19, 7 p.m.: ” The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles” African slaves have often risked life and limb to escape southern slavery, but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of freedom-seekers: the Seminoles, who played a significant role in the history of our area. Dr. Rosalyn Howard will examine the African influence on Florida’s iconic tribe, as well as the related Caribbean diaspora.