Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Lecture: A Sticky Business: Turpentine Industry in FL

Time: 5:30 pm til 7:00 pm

Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, 34208

Description: Did you know that Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the foremost experts on Florida’s turpentine industry? Join us on February 22 to learn about what her ethnographic work reveals about life in turpentine camps…

In honor of Black History Month, Manatee Village will host a talk by Barbara Clark, of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), on Florida’s turpentine industry.

This talk will take place on Thursday, February 22, 2018 starting at 5:30pm at Manatee Village Historical Park. It will run approximately 45 minutes. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Manatee Village will close at 7:00pm.

Clark’s presentation, “A Sticky Business: The Turpentine Industry in Florida” touches on the basics of how turpentine was procured and produced. After sharing the basics about turpentine production, she then dives into the people that worked in the industry, including those that were part of the Convict Leasing System during the Reconstruction Period in Florida. Ethnographic work from Zora Neale Hurston is heavily relied upon to help present an accurate portrayal of what "camp life" would have been like for turpentine workers in the early to mid-19

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FPAN is posting this event as a courtesy, we will neither be hosting nor attending this event.

Lecture: FDR’s WPA and CCC Projects in Sarasota County

Time: 7:00 pm til 9:00 pm

Location: Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236

Description: Florida Humanities Speaker Series: “FDR’s WPA and CCC Projects in Sarasota County” by David Schmidt

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was on one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Many saw it as a “make work’ program which did not accomplish its goals – the acronym was derided as “We Piddle Around.” The evidence indicates that the program was far more successful and, even today, Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions created by the WPA. This program will be tailored for Sarasota County.

The event is free to members of the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center; $5 for non-members. Light refreshments will be available.

Reservations recommended: 941-361-2453 or

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FPAN is posting this event as a courtesy, we will neither be hosting nor attending this event.

February 2018