November 4, 2014
Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors
Betty Jean Steinshouer, a literary historian and actress who portrays various authors in costume and character, will bring to life three authors who put Florida on the map. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866, right after the Civil War, trying to “bind up the wounds of the nation,” after the assassination of her beloved President, Abraham Lincoln. Act Two will be Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, arriving at a place in the road called Cross Creek in 1928, falling in love with the interior of the Sunshine State. And finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who wrote that bestseller, in her efforts to save the Everglades, becoming the first to coin the term, River of Grass, as she titled her 1947 book for the Rivers of America series. Steinshouer will spend about 15 minutes in character as each author, and then answer questions from the audience. Betty Jean Steinshouer has degrees in Speech Communication and English, touring 43 states since 1988. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.