Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Lecture: Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope

Time: 7:00 pm til 9:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236

Description: Florida Humanities Speaker Series: “Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope” by Jack Davis

Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, University of Florida history professor Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. He is interested in the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to current shoreside residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, and how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events. Unfortunately, human activities have sometimes led to unintended consequences that have undermined the Gulf’s beneficence.

Dr. Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida. He is the author or editor of several books on Florida and is a frequent contributor to Forum. His latest book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, won the gold medal in nonfiction from the Florida book awards.

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Lecture: Salty Topics: Investigating Civil War Shipwrecks of Tampa Bay

Time: 7:00 pm til 8:00 pm

Location: Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Pete

Description: UF/IFAS Extension, FloridaSea Grant: Salty Topics Marine Research Speaker Series

The maritime battles of the Civil War employed a variety of ship types into service. The Civil War era shipwrecks in the Tampa Bay area offer good examples of this hodge-podge collection of boats. This presentation by Jeff Moates of the Florida Public Archaeology Network highlights the history and remains of the Battle of Ballast Point as well as the shipwreck site of USS Narcissus, a Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve.

Speaker Biography: Jeff Moates is the Director of the West Central and Central Regional Centers of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. He earned a Masters degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida. Jeff has worked as an archaeology field tech and crew chief in the private sector as well as a underwater archaeologist for the State of Florida. Before working for FPAN, Jeff was the Curator of the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez.

Light refreshments generously donated from the Friends of Weedon Island ( will be served prior to the 7 p.m. seminar. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in.

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February 2018