Florida and World War II, a Guest Speaker Event at Lake Wales Museum

May 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center will host a new exhibit, Military Uniforms from the Twentieth Century: An Exhibit Remembering Our Veterans,” from May 3 – June 9, 2018, and will feature a talk entitled “Florida and World War II,” by special guest speaker, Dr. Gary Mormino on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.  

Dr. Mormino will talk about how on eve of Pearl Harbor, Florida was the smallest state in the South. Today, Florida is a Sunbelt mega state, and WWII was the lynchpin. The war galvanized Floridians, resulting in the influx of two million servicemen. WWII also ignited a modern civil rights movement, new roles for women, and the dawn of the Florida Dream.    

Dr. Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall Florida Professor of History Emeritus at USF St. Petersburg. He is a frequent contributor to the Tampa Bay Times and has written several books, including “Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida” and was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing by the Florida Humanities Council. If you aren’t a historian but need someone to put an event into an interesting Florida perspective, ask Gary. Everyone does, including reporters from the New York Times, the New Yorker and National Public Radio.

The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.  Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers. 

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