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Hear from expert speakers, and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10% discount (Please login to website to receive your discounted rate). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.
Given By: Carrie Sue Ayvar, Storyteller & Chautauqua Scholar with the Florida Humanities Council
Lecture Description: “If you’ve never heard the roar of a bull alligator and some night bird answer, you haven’t lived.” So said Dr. Anna Darrow (1876-1959) who, in 1909, became only the 2nd woman doctor licensed in Florida. Chautauqua Scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar, tells the story, in the first person, of this fearless wife, mother, doctor, pharmacist, artist and even veterinarian when needed. The Q & A allows the audience to interact and learn more.
Brief Bio: A nationally acclaimed, award winning bilingual storyteller, Carrie Sue Ayvar is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. A Chautauqua scholar and Master Teaching Artist, her performances blend entertainment and education. Carrie Sue loves to share some of Florida’s unique history with audiences throughout the state.
Given By: Brendan Burke, Maritime Historian with the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Lecture Description: Join Maritime Historian Brendan Burke to journey through time and across Florida’s coasts in search of stories from our unique lighthouses. From the Dry Tortugas to the First Coast, light stations are not only beacons for navigation but stand as silent witnesses to the history of the Sunshine State.
Brief Bio: Brendan Burke works for the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum as a maritime archaeologist with the museum’s research wing, the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP). He holds a B.A. in history/anthropology from Longwood University and an MA in historical archaeology from The College of William and Mary.
Given By: Andrew Frank, Allen Morris Associate Professor of History at Florida State University
Lecture Description: Between 1700 and the present, the culture of the Florida Seminoles has remained remarkably connected to its roots while also innovating in dramatic fashion. This lecture explores this dynamic to show how the Seminoles have embraced this dualism of being both modern and traditional. It examines, among other things, their origin stories, dress, cuisine, housing, ceremonial life, and family life.
Brief Bio: Andrew K. Frank is a specialist in the history of the Seminoles and other Indians of Florida. He is Allen Morris Associate Professor of History at Florida State University and an award-winning author and editor of many books and articles. His books include Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves, and the Founding of Miami (2017), Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier (2005) and The Seminole (The History and Culture of Native Americans) (2010). He is currently finishing Those Who Camp at a Distance: The Seminoles and Indians of Florida—a synthesis of the history of the Seminoles from their origin until the present.
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