Wednesday, May 25th
Cathy Salustri writes about Florida lifestyles and history. Her portfolio includes USA Today, Visit Florida, regional magazines, the Tampa Bay Times, Creative Loafing Tampa, and other Tampa Bay press. Until early 2019, she was the arts + entertainment editor of Creative Loafing Tampa. In late 2016, UPF published her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era driving tours of Florida, Backroads of Paradise, and the New York Times featured it in its travel section. Her next book, The Florida Spectacular, is in the editing process at UPF.
Cathy studied broadcast journalism, earning a BA in Communications from the University of Tampa. She also has an MLA in Florida Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. As a graduate student, Cathy studied Florida history and culture under Drs. Gary Mormino and Ray Arsenault. Her research focused on the WPA’s Federal Writer’s Project Guide to the Southernmost State.
In June of 2020, Cathy and her husband bought the Gabber Newspaper, a hyperlocal weekly based in South Pinellas County. Cathy runs the Explore Florida program at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Eckerd College. She’s president of the Gulfport Historical Society and volunteers as a municipal liaison with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Her non-writing resume includes giving tours at Walt Disney World, ground crew for an aerial banner towing company, kayak tour guide, sailboat crew, and stage managing local productions. She works, too, with a private investigator.
She lives in Gulfport with her husband, Barry, their two hound dogs, three cats who may or may not have a sugar addiction and some very mean foster fish who are apparently immortal. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, at greatfloridaroadtrip.com, or on social media as @cathysalustri. You can also listen to her podcast, The Florida Spectacular.
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The Seminole Historical Society and Museum
The Seminole Historical Society was founded to highlight historic artifacts, documents, articles and buildings in Seminole. Its purpose is to ensure that our children and future generations will have a place to go to learn about stories of families from the past who helped create our present, so that we can carve the future.
Seminole exists because of the dreams and actions of those who came before us. Did you know that in early 1860's individual settlers with names like Archer, Campbell, Cobb, Duhme, Grable, Meares, Moody, O'Quinn, Sartorius, Thevenet and Tyler were the pioneer settlers in the Seminole area? They were followed by more pioneers with names such as Johnson, Leach, Longley, Repetto, Thurston, and Whittle.
These early settlers found tall pines suitable for building their homes, ample land to raise their cattle, and plentiful wildlife such as turkey, deer, quail to feed their families.
In 1910, the Seminole area was comprised of just 75 people. The 1920 Census shows names of orange grove owners and farmers living side by side next to each other on one very long road. We know it as Duhme Rd, or 113' Street, or Ridge Road. These families were, O'Quinn, Hinckle, Meares, Johnson, Leach, Brumby, Duhme, and Thevenet.
The Seminole Historical Museum is a gathering place for the dreams of the past and the rich history of our community. The museum is a place for telling stories of those who are no longer here to tell them for themselves.
We welcome you to our website and invite you to visit our beautiful museum to learn about the stories of those "dreamers" from our past who have helped create our present and future.