We’re going back to the legendary mermaid attraction, Weeki Wachee Springs! In this episode, host Laura von Holt interviews emerging museum historian, Rebecca Schwandt, about her project, The Women of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, an online exhibit of artifacts and oral history about the experiences and history of the mermaid performers who have worked at Weeki Wachee over the decades. Rebecca shares what she discovered about the fascinating intersection of Florida history, women’s history, labor rights, environmentalism, and American roadside attractions...plus plenty of surprises that happened while cataloguing pieces of Weeki Wachee’s seventy year history.
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View the online exhibit at University of Central Florida’s RICHES website: https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/the-women-of-weeki-wachee-spri?fbclid=IwAR3y049AZ6KhRE6ZtNvIGO6T7cjxA0V9Ws69ewI0ruLP47Pl0naSdn9WPAo Some highlights of the exhibit, as discussed in the podcast: Florence McNabb: https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/the-women-of-weeki-wachee-spri/item/11153 Beetle at May Museum of the Tropics: https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/11186 Trained racoon at Weeki Wachee Springs: https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/10475 Mermaids pose on the original shell roof of The Mermaid Theater:https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/ome: ka/items/show/11191 Read more books by Laura Lovely: lauralovelybooks.com
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