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Fountain of youth

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Begins: May 19, 2018 2:00 pm
Ends: May 19, 2018 3:00 pm

Rick Kilby will discuss his book, “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de Leon and Florida’s Magical Waters” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

The nonfiction book received the bronze medal in the visual arts category in the 2014 Florida Book Awards. A companion exhibit to the book is on display at the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville.

According to Kilby, Ponce de Leon’s fabled quest for the mythic Fountain of Youth has helped shape the popular image of Florida. From beloved aquatic attractions and kitschy relics that celebrate Florida’s “discoverer," the concept of the state as a place of restorative health and perpetual fantasy continues to affect life in Florida today.

Kilby will also explain that many of these beloved "fountains," Florida's springs, are now at risk.

This free presentation is part of the Lemonade Lecture series, which is sponsored by the Friends of DeBary Hall and Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840 or tmestre@volusia.org.