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Brechner Speaker Series: Once Upon a Time in Florida

Sunday, January 14, 2024, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Join Florida Humanities and the Orange County Regional History Center to celebrate the book Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises, which marks the 50th anniversary of Florida Humanities with 50 timeless essays from the organization’s award-winning magazine, FORUM.

As part of a statewide book tour, Jacki Levine, the anthology’s editor, reunites with scholars and writers whose essays appear in this richly illustrated volume. Speaking at the History Center will be historian Gary Mormino, whose essay “The Florida Century” appeared in the Fall 2019 FORUM; writer and artist Andrea Brunais, author of “Memoirs of a Child of the Space Program” (Winter 1997-1998); and NPR journalist Eric Deggans, author of “How They See Us” (Summer 2020). There will be a reception with light snacks prior to the panel.

To learn more about Once Upon a Time in Florida and purchase the book, click here. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

The History Center’s Brechner Speaker Series honors the late Joseph L. Brechner, a longtime journalist, Central Florida community leader, and television pioneer who is also remembered as one of Orlando’s first clear public voices for civil rights. This Brechner Speaker Series program is free; please register in advance. 


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