Come by between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Ice House Pub is in the historic 1890's brick ice house, 408 Tamiami Trail North, Punta Gorda, FL. This event is on the date that the county was signed into existence 100 years ago.
I write the histories of the place where I live. Writing Florida's forgotten histories allows me to live fully in this place. Everywhere around me has a different presence, since I have delved into the everything from the geologic events that created the landscape, the fauna and to the numerous people that lived in and were connected to this place over the past 13,000 years.
When I share my histories with others, the most common response is "why haven't I heard about that before/". I know because that was my response to some incredible facts and histories that I discovered when I retired here in 2016.
I have been an interdisciplinary learner and teacher all my life. My bookshelves are filled with books on every subject and in most disciplines. As an artist and teacher by profession, I have always seen connections that most people do not recognize.. I never thought about being a writer of history. Florida, specifically "forgotten Florida" called this new chapter in my life forward. Once you make new discoveries, important ones, they must be shared. Every book proposal that I have submitted to a publisher, states upfront, that If I don't write this story and you don't publish it, it will be lost to future generations..
Since the 1920s Florida has been a winter destination. People come and go. Rootless people in places overtime actually lose their histories and stories. Similar to its beautiful natural environment, Florida's stories are also endangered. Each one of my histories, slows you down enough to
learn the stories of places and people long-gone, but now remembered. All my subjects as as relevant today as they were in the past, and some more so. I hope you enjoy them.
Now in 2020, I start yet another venture ,creating history. Sometimes, it is not just enough to reflect on and chronical the past. It is time to submit your talents and insights to the social good, thus putting into action the lessons from history.