Local Historian Lectures on the History of Gainesville at Blount Center

The first lecture will cover the founding of Gainesville in 1853 and its first 50 years. Among the topics covered will be the role of Gainesville in the Civil War, Reconstruction, the arrival of the East Florida Seminary, the building of the new courthouse and the impact yellow fever had on the town. A slideshow will illustrate the significant buildings and events.
Thursday, 11/06, 6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Melanie Barr
Blount Center, 401 NW 6th St
Fee: $24
The second lecture will focus on life in Gainesville from 1903 and the next fifty years. Among the topics covered will be the arrival of the University of Florida, the building of the Masonic Temple and the Federal Building, now known as the Hippodrome, and the growth of downtown. We will also discuss Gainesville High School and Lincoln High in the 1920s, the land boom, and the impact of the Depression and World War II.
Thursday, 11/13, 6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Melanie Barr
Blount Center, 401 NW 6th St
Fee: $24
For more information, contact Melissa Atyeo at comm-ed@sfcollege.edu or 352-395-5193.