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11/28/2016 Member News
Florida Humanities Speaker Series presents Five Centuries of Florida Cattle Ranching


From Ponce de Leon to Cracker Cowboys
Florida Humanities Speaker Series presents Five Centuries of Florida Cattle Ranching

St. Petersburg (Nov. 25, 2016)
– Juan Ponce de Leon didn’t just give us our name. From a handful of Ponce de Leon’s cows that arrived in 1521, grew the oldest, and one of the largest cattle ranching states in the Nation.

Experience all aspects of Florida cattle ranching cultural traditions December 15, 2016 as the St. Petersburg Museum of History presents the Florida Humanities Speaker Series featuring Florida folklorist Bob Stone. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program begins at 7pm.

Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century – including cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, side-splitting cowboy poetry, delicious food ways such as swamp cabbage, and hands-on culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, roping and branding.

Stone also shares stories of Seminole ranching, past and present.

Stone is an independent folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville. In 2011, the Florida Department of State honored him with the Florida Folk Heritage Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a lifelong advocate of the folk arts and folk artists of Florida. He conducted extensive field documentation and served as co-curator for the large travelling exhibition Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition, which has been viewed by more than 520,000 visitors from Florida to Nevada. He edited the exhibition catalog, which was published in February 2013 by the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation. His documentary photos have been shown in numerous exhibitions and published in Newsweek, The New York Times, Forum, Wooden Boat and other print media.

WHAT: Florida Humanities Speaker Series

WHEN: December 15, 2016

WHERE: St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue NE, St. Pete, 33701

TIME: Doors open at 6:30pm, Program begins at 7pm

ADMISSION: $5 suggested donation. St. Petersburg Museum of History members admitted free

Sharing the Sunshine City’s stories for nearly a Century, the St. Petersburg Museum of History is located along the scenic and historic downtown waterfront. SPMOH hosts year-round temporary exhibitions such as Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II, and is also home to permanent exhibitions such as the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs, “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown,” and Flight One Gallery, where guests can explore the world’s first airliner and the birth of commercial aviation.

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Contact: Nevin Sitler, Director of Education and Curator
727.894.1052, ext. 206