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Lecture Series

Lectures will be held in the Wiggins Store Conference Room starting at 2 PM on the 4th Saturday, 
January to October, except for scheduled closures or as otherwise noted.

Please note that there is no pre-registration or fees for these programs. 

Seating is limited to 30 and filled on a first come, first served basis.

Check in at the Wiggins Store to grab your free ticket anytime after 12:30 PM the day of the talk.

Special Presentation: Mayhem in Manatee. 

Tickets will be handed out at 9 AM in the Wiggins Store.

Lecture: Unveiling the Untold: Women on the Florida Frontier

Saturday, July 27, 2024 | 2 - 3 pm

Uncover the captivating yet often overlooked stories of women who shaped the Florida frontier. Delve into the resilience and resourcefulness of these pioneering women as they braved the wilderness, contributed to homesteading, agriculture, and community-building, and overcame a myriad of challenges. Join us as we gain insight into their diverse roles and how their untold tales enrich our understanding of Florida's history.

Image: courtesy Manatee County Public Library Historic Digital Collection

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Lecture: Cemeteries: A Cultural Landscape

Saturday, August 24, 2024 | 2 - 3 pm

This lecture discusses the fascinating role of cemeteries as cultural landscapes. Cemeteries are more than resting places for the deceased; they are reflections of the living. From elaborate tombstones to unmarked plots, each element tells a story. Join us as we journey through these hallowed grounds to explore how cemeteries shape our understanding of historical and contemporary societies.

Image: courtesy Manatee County Public Library Historic Digital Collection

Outreach Lectures

If you are interested in one of our lectures, but have a group or organization that can't attend, we offer Outreach Lectures. Let us come to you to present the topic to you and your group! Click Here for more details. 

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