"I Can't Believe All That Happened in Polk County!"
Renowned Historian Canter Brown Jr. to Kick Off County's 150th Anniversary Celebration at FSC
Canter Brown Jr., one of Florida's leading historians, will speak at Florida Southern as part of the Florida Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10.
LAKELAND, Fla. (January 27, 2011) – The Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. Center for Florida History welcomes Canter Brown Jr., one of Florida's leading historians, to the Florida Lecture Series. On the occasion of Polk County's 150th anniversary, his topic of discussion will be "I Can't Believe All That Happened in Polk County! Are You Sure?" His lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 and will be held in Branscomb 202 on the FSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Brown, a native of Fort Meade, and one of Florida's most prolific historians, will touch on some of the extraordinary people, events, and things in Polk County's history. He holds a B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. from Florida State University and has written extensively on Florida and Southern history. He has had 10 books published, including a two-volume history of Polk County: In the Midst of All That Makes Life Worth Living: Polk County to1940 and None Could Have Richer Memories: Polk County Since 1940. Also among his published works are the widely praised Florida's Peace River Frontier, which earned him the Florida Historical Society's Rembert W. Patrick Award, and Ossian Bingley Hart: Florida's Loyalist Reconstruction Governor, which was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the American Association of State and Local History. Brown is currently serving as executive vice president and chief legal officer at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. He and his wife Barbara live in Kathleen, Georgia.
"Canter Brown's program will kick off a year-long commemoration of Polk County's 150th birthday," noted James M. Denham, director of the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. Center for Florida History. "We are delighted to host Dr. Brown and coordinate his visit with other county celebrations getting under way this February."