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Florida Frontiers: Russian leaves big impression

Peter Demens lived in Florida for only eight years, but his time here is memorable. While living in Longwood, just north of Orlando, Demens constructed buildings on the campus of the state’s oldest private college, established a railway connecting Central…

Juke Joint Near Belle Gladee

Florida Verve: Photo of the Week & Links of Note

Photo of the Week: Juke Joint and bar in the Belle Glade area, vegetable section of south central Florida (circa 1941). Source: LOC California Chrome’s chasing Florida-bred racing history: http://www.ocala.com/article/20140526/COLUMNISTS/140529746?Title=Chrome-inching-closer-to-chance-at-Triple-Crown A Memorial Day perspective: http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/war/for-families-of-the-fallen-every-day-is-memorial-day/2181427 Orlando history project searches for…

Florida Frontiers: Rossetter set industry record

Caroline P. Rossetter, at the tender age of 23, listened at the keyhole as a debate took place behind closed doors at the Standard Oil Company office in Louisville, Ky. Upon her father’s death, Carrie Rossetter requested that she be…

Emancipation Day Parade

Florida Verve: Links of Note

Historical photos of Emancipation Day celebrations in Fla.: http://floridamemory.com/blog/2013/05/20/emancipation-day-celebrations-in-florida/ In defense of Florida barbecue: “Barbecue restaurants flourished in Florida in the 1920s and ’30s, when the rise of automobiles and the influx of tourists they brought to the state gave…

Florida Frontiers: WWI vet settled Maitland art colony

Artist, architect, writer and World War I veteran Jules André Smith intended to move from Stony Creek, Connecticut, to Miami to enjoy a peaceful retirement. As he traveled through Central Florida in 1932, Smith saw a beautiful sunset on Lake…