07 August 2009

Cracker Culture

On August 6th, the East Hillsborough Historical Society in Plant City invited Miles Hampton Plowden III to speak about his new book, Crackers in the Scrub.

The presentation was informative and entertaining. Mr. Plowden spoke of his Florida heritage in the Lake Wales area. He spoke about how he came to write the book, his interests in history, and his unique opportunities to learn it first and second hand. He had stories about his family coming to and settling in Central Florida.

The book is historical fiction. The names have been changed so that no one is offended «that is southern». The time setting is 1890-1900, but he does create setup the time with a history of what went before.

After Mr. Plowden introduced his book, he had a show and tell with whips, lasso, spurs and cowboy things.

He has a few more books coming out. One is about women in this cowboy setting. another about the birth of the Lake Wales airport.

There was a Mr. Herrman of PC there asking for his brother of San Antonio about a presentation up our way. I suggest if you are interested check the newspapers.

It is too bad that there isn't a Special Interest Group (SIG) in the Pasco County Genealogical Society for those interested in Florida and Southern U.S. matters.

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