Adult Summer Camp: Digging into the Past

Adult Summer Camp 2021

Digging into the Past: World War I, Florida, and the Influenza Pandemic of 1917-1921 with Dr. Joe Knetsch (Pictured)Joe Knetsch, Historian

Monday, July 12, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

Historian Joe Knetsch connects World War I, Florida, and the Influenza Pandemic of 1917-1921 in this informative presentation. Joe will talk about such things as unit histories, death notices, and enlistment materials, tying it all to how UF and other places in and around Alachua County were affected.

Dr. Joe Knetsch is the author of over two hundred articles and twelve books, which include Florida's Seminole Wars, 1817-1858, Utopian Communities of Florida: a history of hope, and Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier: articles on the second Seminole war. He has been a constant reviewer of military history books for the Journal of America's Military Past and other professional journals. He holds a doctorate from Florida State University and was the historian for the Division of State Lands in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.


Digging into the Past: How Florida Became a United States Territory with Dr. Josh Goodman (Pictured)

Josh GoodmanMonday, July 19, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

This year, Florida celebrates its 200th anniversary of becoming a United States territory. The actual transfer from Spain was relatively quick and straightforward, but the years leading up to that moment were far more complex, with plenty of intrigue and diplomatic drama. In this program, Dr. Josh Goodman will use historical records and maps from the early 1800s to explore some of the key events that culminated in the U.S. acquisition of Florida, including the Patriot War and the First Seminole War.

Dr. Josh Goodman works for the Florida Memory Program at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. He also conducts community outreach throughout Florida, where he introduces Floridians to the resources the State Archives have. He spoke here at the Headquarters Library in 2019, where he instructed some eager patrons in Florida Land Documents. Dr. Goodman holds his PhD in U.S. History, along with his M.A. and B.A. in History. 


Digging into the Past: Let's Talk GenealogyMy Family Tree

Monday, July 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

Join us for a Roundtable discussion on genealogy. We will have a short introduction to our panelists, before we dive into family history and lineage. Genealogy researchers will have the opportunity to learn more about genealogy in general, share ideas they have on the subject, and network with one another. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A section. This event is intended for beginner and intermediate genealogists.