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March 15, 2018 Events

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
» 15 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland

To complement the Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibit Living the Dream—Twentieth-Century Florida, join us for Cypress Gardens America’s Tropical Wonderland. Lu Vickers’ talk on Cypress Gardens will feature a slide show of vintage photographs from the Garden’s archives that will take the audience on a journey through Cypress Garden’s history from the 1930s to 2009 when it was sold to Legoland. Vickers will discuss the creation of the world famous waterski show, the Gardens, and the iconic Southern Belles, and will explain how Dick Pope, Cypress Garden’s flamboyant owner, became known as the “Man who Invented Florida.” The program, admission, and parking are FREE. Lu Vickers is the author of several books on Florida history, including Weeki Wachee—City of Mermaids and Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland.