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Pasco County Historical Society Meeting Jan. 19 features Minority Trailblazers

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 11, 2018

The Pasco County Historical Society announces their meeting Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, FL 33523. Meetings are free and open to the public.

A covered-dish dinner precedes the program, so bring something special to share. Please bring your own cutlery for your personal use, disposable plate(s), and your beverage of choice. Also bring disposable serving utensils and serving plates, unless your permanent utensils and platters are clearly marked for easy identification.

PROGRAM: Florida’s Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government Drawing primarily from personal interviews, Dr. Susan MacManus recounts the stories of the first minority men and women–both Democrat and Republican–who were elected or appointed to state legislative, executive, and judicial offices and to the U.S. Congress since the 1960s. She reveals what drove these leaders to enter office, how they ran their campaigns, what kinds of discrimination they encountered, what rewards each found during their terms, and what advice they would share with aspiring politicians.

SPEAKER: Susan A. MacManus Dr. MacManus is the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida. She began her academic career in 1964, the year of the nation’s first big civil rights act, and her studies have been parallel to the progress of the women’s movement over the past half-century. She is one of the nation’s best-known authorities on elections and a frequent guest on television panel discussions of campaigns. She previously coauthored Citrus, Sawmills, Critters and Crackers: Life in Early Lutz and Central Pasco County. Also, she coauthored or edited Reapportionment and Representation in Florida: A Historical Collection – Politics in Florida – Politics in States and Communities – Doing Business with the Government: Federal, State, Local & Foreign Government Purchasing Practices for Every Business and Public Institution – Young v. Old: Generational Combat In The 21st Century (Transforming American Politics) – Federal Aid to Houston (1983) – Targeting Senior Voters: Campaign Outreach to Elders and Others with Special Needs – Governing a Changing America – Revenue Patterns in United States Cities and Suburbs: A Comparative Analysis.

A complete curriculum vitae is available via website =
Some copies of her book, which is the topic of this program, will be available after the meeting.

DIRECTIONS: 1.3 Miles North of Historic Downtown Dade City
At the corner of US 301 and Museum Road, turn east onto Museum Road and cross the railroad tracks. Go north (left) to Lemack Road to gate 4 turn right to the Mabel Jordan barn parking lot.

CONTACT: Glen Thompson, Secretary
Telephone: (352) 567-7449
E-Mail: bookbollard @