Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.
Mandarin Community Club, 7 pm
August 16, 2018: Harriet Beecher Stowe: Mandarin’s Most Famous Resident
Harriet Beecher Stowe was arguably the most famous woman in the English-speaking world when she arrived in Mandarin, Florida. The year 2018 marks 150 years since author Harriet Beecher Stowe took up residence in her quirky Mandarin home, a home encompassed by live oaks and nestled in an orange grove in the village some 15 miles south of Jacksonville. She wintered there until 1884.
In Mandarin, Stowe found both the paradise and projects she so eagerly sought, including projects to build a school for the village’s children; to continue her literary career; to enter the citrus business; to promote Florida and much more. The presentation explores events in Mrs. Stowe’s life that infused her persona and led her to her Mandarin paradise. Also discussed is Mrs. Stowe’s North Florida life, including her many projects and her often overlooked literary achievements and disappointments during “the Mandarin years.”
The presentation on August 16 will be made by Emily R. Lisska, a Jacksonville native, President of the Florida Historical Society and the former Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society. In the 1990s, she chaired the restoration of the 1872 Mandarin School, built through the efforts of Harriet Beecher Stowe. She’s currently President of the Mandarin Community Club, a 95-year old organization that owns Stowe’s 1872 school.