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Women Pioneer Lecture March 21 at LW Museum


Last updated 3/20/2019 at 3:23pm

The Lake Wales Museum will celebrate women's history month with a free lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21 about Florida's Female Pioneers by Peggy McDonald.

"Florida's Female Pioneers" examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female doctor during the Civil War, visited Florida during the war and ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida during Reconstruction. She wrote lyrical descriptions of the St. Johns River and documented the aftermath of the Civil War in Florida.

Harriet Beecher Stowe is credited with kick-starting Florida's tourism industry with her 1873 book,

"Palmetto Leaves."

Florida First Lady May Mann Jennings, married to Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings, was a suffragist and conservationist who was known as the "Mother of Florida Forestry" and helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which later became the nucleus of Everglades National Park.

This talk focuses on these Florida pioneers and other, lesser known female firsts.

The museum is located at 325 S. Scenic Hwy. Light refreshments are included. Please RSVP through link at


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