On the eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the least populated state in the American south. Today, it is home to over 19 million residents, a meteoric rise accompanied by revolutions in agriculture, tourism, technology and demographics. Acclaimed state historian and University of South Florida professor, Dr. Gary R. Mormino, considers the reasons why Florida’s growth has surged since the end of World War II and explains how sand dunes, salt water, and the seductive prospect of a pleasant retirement in the sunshine have shaped our meaning of the Florida Dream and become a part of our national mythology. Presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Free admission.
Dr. Gary Mormino is a noted author of several Florida books, including Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida, and The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985. He is currently a Professor of History at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg. For more information, please call (239) 642-1440.