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Rescheduled - Sarasota Centennial: “Bertha Palmer and her Family in Sarasota”

Bertha Palmer and  Family in SarasotaThis presentation describes the influence of the Chicago socialite and women's rights advocate who came to Sarasota in 1910 and transformed the sleepy little village.

Background: Over a year ago, the LWVSRQ Board, along with 90+ other organizations, accepted an invitation to partner with Sarasota County Centennial 2021. Partner organizations support the goal "to celebrate 100 years of Sarasota's people, places, and accomplishments by promoting cultural and historical activities available to all citizens and visitors." 
     As a Sarasota Centennial partner, we have chosen to offer a historical presentation that provides a glimpse into the life of Bertha Palmer. The speaker is Dr. Frank Cassell, chair of the Sarasota Centennial and author of Suncoast Empire, this year’s One Book/One Sarasota.  This ZOOM event is open to public.

November 16 (Tuesday) 7-8 pm 
via Zoom  

 Frank A. Cassell is Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He earned the B.A. degree at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and his M.A. and Ph. D. degrees at Northwestern University. He taught and served as an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Roosevelt University in Chicago before taking the presidency at Pitt-Greensburg.
Cassell has published books and articles on the colonial and early national periods of American history, the Columbian Exposition of 1893, social history in Indiana in the 19 th century, and his experiences as a university president.
The Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh named a new academic building at Pitt-Greensburg in his honor in 2012. He has also won awards for excellence in teaching, outstanding historical research, and community service.

The Florida Book Awards awarded Suncoast Empire: Bertha Honoré Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota the 2017 silver award for nonfiction. Sarasota County Library System selected Suncoast Empire as its 2021 One Book | One Community book.
He retired and moved to Sarasota with his spouse, Beth, in 2007 and served two terms as a member of the Sarasota County Historical Commission. He is on the board of the History and Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County where he heads the History and Preservation Awards Committee, and chairs the Sarasota County Centennial 2021 Steering Committee. His latest book, Creating Sarasota County, was written to provide historical support for the Sarasota County Centennial 2021 celebration. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Zoom - NOTE: To register for this event, please use the Zoom link below

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Elena Vizvary
Food for Thought
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