Hello and Happy New Year!

Welcome to another wonderful year, in your Seminole Museum, with great speakers, events and learning more about our past and present community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for continuing to support the Society and your museum. Without your patronage, volunteering and financial support, we could not enjoy the beautiful place we call home for the history of Seminole.

Save The Dates! As you can see, we are able to provide you with a calendar of our Speaker Series, from January to June 2017. Along with our Speaker Series, we will be looking for sponsors of each event. For January, Earth Fare from Seminole City Center will be providing refreshments after our speaker, Jeff Klinkenberg gives his presentation of "How I Look at Florida Culture".

We hope to see you this month and every month for our Speaker Series and remember, the museum is always open Saturdays 10am - 2pm.   We are also available to open for groups and guided tours. Please contact either myself at
727-399-0587 or contact us through our website www.seminolehistoricalsociety.org.

Michele Abramo

Date Speaker Information
January 25th

Topic :  "How I look at Florida culture"

Jeff Klinkenberg is the highly acclaimed former Florida culture writer for the Tampa Bay Times and the author of several collections of book essays, including "Alligators in B-Flat."

For additional information on Jeff Klinkenberg visit his website: http://www.jeffklinkenberg.com/

RSVP for this one at: http://flyers.seminolehistoricalsociety.org
February 22nd

Topic:  The Iconic Blue Seminole Water Tower 

If you've ever seen Seminole's iconic landmark - our beautiful Blue Water Tower "Birdcage" - you've seen Tom Stovall's artwork. Tom will join us to discuss his large scale artwork seen throughout the St. Petersburge area.

Tom Stovall studied and received his Masters of Liberal Arts at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Tom also attended UCLA Film School and Eckerd College.
March 22nd

Topic: “All you need is One.”

It all started with just "one dollar"... And that one dollar leased an old abandoned waste treatment plant which became the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and ultimately generated over $2.1 billion dollars for Pinellas County following the two major motion pictures. Tom Orr was instrumental in the creation of the Clearwater Marine Acquarium and the two Winter "Dolphin Tale" movies. Rumor has it that Harry Connick, Jr., looks and acts a lot like the real world Tom Orr!

Tom Orr
Board Member, Former Chairman
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium
April 26th

Topic: Lake Seminole - How it Came About and Current Restoration Efforts

A focus on the creation of Lake Seminole in the 1940’s (why it was created, what was done, etc.), later modifications to the original design of the lake, water quality issues on the lake, and restoration projects since the late 1980’s, including an overview of recent large scale projects focusing on stormwater retrofits and the soon to be starting Lake-wide dredge project.

Robert Burnes, M.S., M.A.S., ENV-SP
Senior Environmental Scientist
Pinellas County Environmental Management
May 24th
Hospital Manager

The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is truly a unique place that has firmly established itself as a Central Florida attraction.

Located on the Sanctuary grounds is the DR. Marie L. Farr Avian Hospital. The hospital's team of dedicated and experienced staff and volunteer members diagnose and treat thousands of sick, injured, and orphaned birds that are admitted to the Sanctuary hospital each year.

The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary relies on the help of volunteers, the Sanctuary is staffed by a small group of dedicated, experienced professionals who all share a common interest... love and compassion for the birds that they care for.​
Keith Wilkins
Hospital Manager
June 28th
Lu Vickers

Topic - Cypress Gardens:  America's Tropical Wonderland

When Dick Pope transformed the swampland on the edge of Lake Eloise in Winter Haven into Cypress Gardens, he created an attraction that would become world famous, and in the process, cemented Florida’s reputation as the land of sun and fun.  He achieved these feats with the unlikely combination of flowers, water skiers and Southern Belles. Lu Vickers’ talk on Cypress Gardens will feature a slide show of vintage photographs from the Garden’s archives that will take the audience on a journey through Cypress Garden’s history from the 1930s to 2009 when it was sold to Legoland. Vickers will discuss the creation of the world famous waterski show, the Gardens, and the iconic Southern Belles, and will explain how Dick Pope, Cypress Garden’s flamboyant owner, became known as the “Man who Invented Florida.”

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