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
November 21, 7 PM


Dr. John T. Foster, At the Dawn of Tourism in Florida: Abolitionists, Print Media and Images for Early Vacationers

John T. Foster, Jr. and his wife Sarah Whitmer Foster are well-known for their books “Beechers, Stowes and Yankee Strangers” and “Calling Yankees to Florida – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Forgotten Tourist articles.” They are known to be Stowe experts, having committed decades of work on the family.

Sadly, Sarah passed away in 2015, leaving John to carry on the research without her. And that he did. Just this summer he released his newest book, “At the Dawn of Tourism in Florida: Abolitionists, Print Media and Images for Early Vacationers” through the Florida Historical Society Press. This book is illustrated beautifully with images taken from a variety of sources, but all illustrating wild and free Florida beckoning tourists to come see for themselves.

Dr. Foster’s lecture will focus on this book and highlight how Florida’s tourism and economic growth began before the railroads. In fact, there were efforts that began during Reconstruction, including by Harriet Beecher Stowe through her writings about Florida. His presentation will include the wonderful illustrations of the time and his books will be available for purchase.


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