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A Sense of Home: From Cultural Conflict to Coexistence in Florida's Heartland
Charlotte Pressler, South Florida Community College

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"First Forays into Florida" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "First Forays into Florida"
Abstract: During 2018-2019, the focus was on “First Forays into Florida,” the free public event associated with the grant, held in University Center Lobby and Auditorium on 21 February, 2019. The theme and subtitle of this well-attended event was “What did they see that wasn’t there?” for Florida has always been a “State of Dreams” for the Europeans who hyped, conquered, exploited, and marveled at it. At the event, Jerald T. Milanich returned to give a talk entitled “Women in Spanish Moss Sarongs and Alligators with Ears: Theodore de Bry’s Famed 1591 Engravings of Florida Indians.” Milanich pursued and solved “a 420-year old mystery involving Sit Walter Raleigh, English investors, a dead French artist, a live English artist, the lost Roanoke colony, two French noblemen (one murdered, the other deceased), and ancient Picts from Britain, all played out across two continents.” Dr. Maurice (“Socky”) O’Sullivan of Rollins College gave a talk titled “Have You Not Hard of Floryda? Early Spanish, French, Portuguese, English, and Latin Accounts of Florida.” Hype and reality intertwined in the early colonial literatures O’Sullivan discussed; which included the first poem printed in English, published the year Shakespeare was born, “Have You Not Hard of Floryda?” Finally, Carol Mahler, seminar participant, archivist and professional storyteller, gave her interpretations of tales from Florida Seminoles and cowhunters. (It has to be said that she was the favorite of the students present.) In the auditorium lobby, posters from faculty and students showcased their research projects; the Avon Park and Sebring Historical Societies brought their displays, and art instructor Karla Respress and her students demonstrated, by means of a video, their contemporary version of Florida indigenous people’s techniques of pottery firing, with examples on display. Students from the SFSC Honors Program assisted with the program and served refreshments before and after.
Author: Jerald T. Milanich, Maurice O'Sullivan, Carol Mahler
Date: 2/21/2019
Location: University Center Auditorium, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL