Tourism and the Sunshine State Explored in FSC’s Florida Lecture Series
LAKELAND (February 9, 2012) – Florida has long been a place of fascination for those living in other states, and a scholar who has studied Florida’s complicated relationship with tourists will be the next guest speaker in Florida Southern College’s Florida Lecture Series.
Historian Tracy Jean Revels will lead off the spring season of the Florida Lecture Series on Feb. 16. Dr. Revels’ lecture, “Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism,” will be held in the Hollis Room at 7 p.m. on the FSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The Series is sponsored by FSC’s Lawton M. Chiles Jr. Center for Florida History.
Walt Disney’s entertainment empire looms in the minds of many when they think of Florida, along with other tourism magnets such as beachside resorts, extensive nature preserves, and numerous other theme parks. Dr. Revels has explored the intricate link between tourism and the Sunshine State. In her book, Sunshine Paradise: A History of Florida Tourism, she examines how the tourism industry has immeasurably impacted the state’s identity, economy, and residents. Incorporating 200 years of historical perspectives from tourists, politicians, and Floridians, Revels paints a vivid picture of the continual evolution of the state’s tourism industry as it works to create the ultimate tourist haven.
“We are really excited about having Dr. Revels back on campus,” said James M. Denham, Director of the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History. “Her program will be entertaining and well as informative.”
Dr. Tracy Revels is associate professor and chair of the history department at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in history from Florida State University. Dr. Revels has written numerous articles and essays as well as four books, covering subjects ranging from the impact of the Civil War on Floridian women to a humorous collection of stories featuring Sherlock Holmes.
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