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On Thursday, March 21, the Cedar Key Historical Society Third Thursday Speaker Series continues with guest speaker, Florida Historian Dr. Joe Knetsch.
Dr. Knetsch will discuss his latest book, “The Great Depression in Florida: Desperation and Defiance.”
The Great Depression in the United States officially began in 1929 with the Stock Market crash. However, Florida’s economic bubble had burst in 1926 when once readily available money and credit ran out and the Florida Land Boom came to an end.
In addition, Florida was hit by two major hurricanes, one in 1926 and another in 1928, which dealt a severe blow to Florida’s already fragile economy. Adding to the state’s mounting economic problems, Florida’s citrus industry was devastated with the invasion of the Mediterranean fruit fly in 1929, reducing citrus production in the state by 60-percent. At the beginning of the 1930s, 26-percent of Florida’s population was dependent on some form of public relief.
Knetsch’s presentation will center on the life of the common people in this time of trouble and pain citing examples from Levy County and other surrounding areas.
A resident of Tallahassee, Knetsch holds a Ph.D. in History from Florida State University and has authored more than 200 articles on Florida history. Other works of Florida history written by Knetsch include: “Florida’s Seminole Wars 1817-1858”; “Fear and Anxiety on the Florida Frontier”, a history of the Second Seminole War; “Faces on the Frontier”, a history of surveying public lands in Florida; and “Florida in the Spanish-American War”. All of the books will be available for purchase and signed by the author on the day of the talk.
The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center, F & 6 Streets. To reach the Community Center, turn off SR 24 on 6 Street at Annie’s Restaurant and drive two blocks, the Center is on the right. The public is invited to attend.
For more information call the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum at 352-543-5549.