An Afternoon with Florida History

6/17/2023 at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Event Description

U-Boats, Saboteurs, and Orange Groves: Florida in World War II with Ryan Lowery

Florida's role in World War II was far more consequential to the safety of the United States than many realize. Once the war broke out, Germany was probing America's doorstep with submarines and saboteurs. At the time, Florida was the largest state surrounded by water and America increased its defense by creating airbases and naval bases to combat enemy intrusion. Pensacola grew to be a major military center for training men for the conflict overseas and pilots would learn how to operate aircraft for service in the Pacific and Europe. The state also became a haven for German Prisoners of War from North Africa and a scene for sinking Merchant vessels bound for England. Learn how Florida was necessary in the defense of the mainland United States against Nazi tyranny and how it would help win the largest war in history.


The French Connection with Zach Zacharias

The French had a long connection to Florida dating back to 1563 with their colony of Fort Caroline. Campbell Town, Napoleon’s nephew, French aid during the American Revolutionary War, pirates, John James Audubon, merci trains and more are discussed in this presentation about the French influence in Florida over the last 500 years. Join J. Zach Zacharias for this little-known history of Florida.


Free for members or with paid museum admission. 


Museum of Arts & Sciences - Root Family Auditorium
352 S. Nova Road
Daytona Beach FL 32114
2023 Exhibit Sponsors
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.