Taking the Waters: A History of Florida's Springs

Before Bok Tower was built, before Cape Canaveral was imagined, before Disney World was a twinkle in Walt Disney's eye—tourists flocked to the Sunshine State to relax and "take the waters." Join Sarasota author and award-winning historian Liz Coursen at the High Springs Library on Jan. 24th at 2 PM as she explores the history of Florida's most famous springs, the significant role they have played in Florida's exploration and development, and the famous (and not-so-famous) people who enjoyed them, in this colorful and fun PowerPoint program. Funded in part by the High Springs Friends of the Library.


Liz Coursen grew up bouncing between Brunswick, Maine and Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from Emory University with a degree in English Literature. She is a member of Toastmaster's International, voted "Outstanding Toastmaster" in 2015. She speaks professionally around the South 80-100 times a year on topics such as Florida history, writing and publishing. To learn more about Liz Coursen and her work, visit her website. Also checkout the book she wrote, currently in the library's collection.


This program is in correlation with the Museum on Main Street’s “Water/Ways 2016" traveling exhibit sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institute that is bringing the exhibit to the High Springs Museum (120 NW 2nd Ave), Jul. 16th-Aug. 27th, 2016. The Water/Ways exhibit was designed for small and rural museums and will focus on the relationships between water and people.

Posted by BethN on December 17, 2015