SEBRING — Highlands Hammock State Park is set to host two Florida Humanities programs which will examine keystones in Florida history, culture and the environment. The Thursday evening programs are scheduled at 7 p.m. in the park recreation hall on Feb. 23 and March 2. The presentations, which are free and open to the public, are preceded by informal “Meet and Greet” discussions and book sales at 6 p.m.
February’s program, ‘Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time,’ will be presented by folklorist Annette B. Fromm, who will examine Florida Seminole portraits from the nineteenth century and explore the changing perspectives of Native Americans and the Florida Seminole. Through her focus on portraiture over time, the rich history and continued vitality of the Florida Seminole will be brought to life, including introductions to current Seminole artists throughout the state. Ms. Fromm, who specializes in ethnicity and immigrant cultures and has worked in museums for over 35 years, has curated exhibits about Native American history and art and will speak about multiculturalism and museums, ethnographic museum practices, and more. Most recently, she led the graduate museum studies program at Florida International University.
Dr. Steven Noll, a master lecturer in the history department of the University of Florida, will present ‘Florida and Water: A Historical Perspective,’ the following week. This program, which chronicles Florida’s long and difficult relationship with water, will examine attempts to turn water into land and land into water throughout the state’s history, including contentious issues such as the restoration of the Everglades, the battle over the Ocklawaha River, the degradation of North Florida’s iconic springs and more. Dr. Noll taught Special Education for 28 years prior to joining the faculty at the University of Florida and has written on general Florida history, environmental policy, the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the 1970s disability rights movement.
As the parking space is limited, visitors may park in the overflow field. ADA handicap parking will be available at the recreation hall. Program funding is provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park. Highlands Hammock is located at 5931 Hammock Road in Sebring. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle are waived after 6 p.m. For more information, call 863-386-6094, and visit floridahumanities.org and floridastateparks.org/park/highlands-hammock.