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Monday, April 15, 2013

Seminole Co. Ag History Series

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 SEMINOLE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES: “THE ROLES OF WOMEN AND BLACKS IN SEMINOLE COUNTY AGRICULTURE” AT THE MUSEUM OF SEMINOLE COUNTY HISTORY, SANFORD, FLORIDA.


 On Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. former farmworkers Linda Lee and Geraldean Matthew and some family members along with Sarah Downs and Jeannie Economos attended the 2nd lecture in a series on Seminole County’s rich agricultural past.

 Dr. Connie Lester, Associate Professor of History at UCF and a specialist in agrarian economies in the United States, presented the talk at the Seminole County Historical Society’s second quarterly meeting this year.  His presentation was funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and is part of a series of events in celebration of Seminole County’s Centennial year at the Museum.

Professor Lester focused on the African-American and female labor force that supported the county’s agricultural progress in the first half of the twentieth century. The talk accompanies a major special exhibit on “One Hundred Years of Agriculture: Our Stories” which is also funded by the Florida Humanities Council that focuses on oral histories of workers in the citrus, celery, cattle, commercial fishing, fernery and lumber industries.

The Museum is located at 300 Bush Blvd. in Sanford across from Flea World. For details call 407-665-2489.

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