*January 16, 2018. 7 PM. “The Unknown Heroes of Florida's Civil Rights Movement." Dr. Gary Mormino, presenter, is Professor Emeritus of History and co-founder of Florida Studies Dept. at USF, St. Petersburg. He is the author of many books including Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida. Dr. Mormino received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. In 2003, the Florida Humanities Council named him its first Humanist of the Year.
*February 20, 2018. 7 PM. "The Civil Rights Era in Sarasota County." John McCarthy, Executive Director of Historic Spanish Point, known local historian and speaker, will moderate the panel consisting of James Brown, retired Sarasota County Education; Carolyn Mason, former commissioner of the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners; and other panelists TBA.
*March 27, 2018. 7 PM. Program: “Keeping Jackie Robinson Alive.” Presenters are Barry Zamoff and Richard Zamoff. These twin brothers, originally from New York, are long-time residents of Venice. In 1996, they founded the Jackie Robinson Project at George Washington University. The Zamoff brothers will share the story of a great athlete who broke "baseball's color line" and worked for equal rights throughout his life.
March 28, 2018. 11:30 AM. Annual Meeting at Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club. 499 Derbyshire Dr, Venice, FL 34285. Watch your email for more details.
April 7, 2018. HPCsc Annual Awards Ceremony Luncheon at the Venice Golf and Country Club. Save the date!
*April 17, 2018. 7 PM. Program: “The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Painters." Presenter is Gary Monroe. When he isn't traveling the world to photograph, Mr. Monroe spends his time looking at life in Florida through his photography and his writings. Mr. Monroe's works have been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs, and Florida Humanities Council. In his book, The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters, he tells the story of these painters and offers a fresh interpretation of their art.
**May 1-2, 2018. Giving Challenge sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Help VAHS by donating and having your dollars matched. Watch for more details.
*May 15, 2018. 7 PM. Program: “Mary Bethune: Civil Rights Leader." Re-enactor Ersula Knox Odom is an author, Florida Humanities Council Viva La Florida performer as Mary McLeod Bethune, motivational speaker and prize winning life lyricist. She is a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and Zeta Phi Beta. She is a graduate of Eckerd College and lives in the Tampa Bay Area.
*The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation. All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. Programs are held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34292.
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