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Florida's female pioneers

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Begins: December 6, 2018 2:00 pm
Ends: December 6, 2018 3:00 pm

Dr. Peggy Macdonald will examine three of the women who shaped the Sunshine State at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle.

She will focus on Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a Civil War doctor who ran the first racially integrated school in Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and a Florida travel guide titled “Palmetto Leaves”; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist known as the “Mother of Florida Forestry.”

Dr. Macdonald is executive director of the Matheson History Museum, which preserves and interprets the history of Gainesville, Alachua County and surrounding regions. She has taught history at Stetson University, Florida Polytechnic University, Indian River State College and the University of Florida.

The free program is part of the Volusia County Public Library system’s Florida Humanities Speaker Series, which is honoring indomitable women who helped shape the Sunshine State. It is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 386-322-5152, option 4.