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History's Local Bounty Revealed:

A Freewheeling Personal Conversation with Polk's Pre-Eminent Historians, Dr. Canter Brown, Jr. / Dr. James M. Denham

Florida Southern College's Center for Florida History and the Lakeland History Room at the Lakeland Public Library proudly present a live and provocative give-and-take exchange between Polk County's esteemed historians Drs. James M. "Mike" Denham and Canter Brown, Jr. With decades of historical research in their portfolio, each has earned high accolades for professional excellence in teaching and writing, including the Florida Historical Society's coveted Rembert Patrick Prize. Individually and together, they have explored sorely neglected and misunderstood corners of Florida's past.

Whether the subject has involved frontier violence, Cracker families, African American accomplishments and legacies, remarkable women, or any other point of interest along the way, Denham and Brown consistently have brought their focus to the human level, often directing specific attention to the Tampa Bay region and, particularly, Polk County.

A question-and-answer format will offer structure to their interaction, but no restrictions have been imposed on our participants as to subject matter or opinion. Join us as we pull back the curtain on our shared, surprising, and sometimes spectacular past.

Watch live on Spectrum channel 643, FiOS channel 43,, or

To submit questions to this teleconference chair-side chat or to learn more about our authors' most-recent works and current projects please send it to LuAnn Mims via email or 863.834.4269

There are limited seats available for this event. If you would like to attend this event in person, you can reserve seats by calling Carolyn Lindsey at (863) 937-4329.