Monday, October 7, 2013

PGS Sponsors Program on "Finding Florida"

On Saturday, 19 October, in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library, the PGS will sponsor a unique and fascinating look at Florida and some of its history. Cathy Salustri will present Finding Florida: Revisiting the Guide to the Southernmost State.

During the Great Depression, the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration hired writers throughout the US to develop tour books for each state. The authors of Florida's book included Stetson Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston. The book that resulted from their efforts, Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, captured a slice of life along Florida's roadways just before America's entry into the Second World War. This presentation relives Cathy Salustri's experience of taking "the ultimate Florida road trip" to retrace the paths followed by Huston and Kennedy more than seven decades ago.

Additionally, this year celebrates the anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's 1513 landing on the peninsula and naming it "La Florida." It would seem fitting to have a program celebrating Florida for a number of reasons then.

Join in at 11 am in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library. The presentation is free and open to the public. Come early (10 am) and enjoy the monthly Computers in Genealogy Q&A session.

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