An Afternoon with Florida History

9/23/2023 at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Event Description

Join us in the Root Family Auditorium for an afternoon with Florida history!


Unusual Tales of the Everglades

Join MOAS Senior Curator of History, Zach Zacharias on a thrilling journey into the heart of the Everglades, where unusual stories and captivating legends abound. In "Unusual Tales of the Everglades," we delve deep into the region's rich history, spanning over 150 years, to uncover a treasure trove of fascinating facts and intriguing anecdotes.

Discover the incredible story of the Tamiami Trail, the ambitious roadway that transformed the way people traveled through the vast wilderness of the Everglades. Learn about the invention of the airboat, an iconic vessel that revolutionized transportation in the region and allowed people to explore previously inaccessible areas. But the tales don't stop there. We'll also introduce you to some of the colorful characters who have called the Everglades home over the years, including the 122-year-old hermit of Panther Key and the notorious gangster Al Capone, who used the region as a hideout during Prohibition.

From the lost cities of Flamingo and Chokoluski to the mysteries of the swampy landscape itself, "Unusual Tales of the Everglades" is a must-see presentation for anyone who loves adventure, history, and the great outdoors. So come join us as we embark on a journey through time and explore the hidden wonders of this fascinating region.

Hamilton Disston's Draining of South Florida: The Frontier of Land Development

Join Senior Curator of History J. Zach Zacharias and learn about this little known important failed real estate developer in Florida’s History. Disston had an immense impact on the state reportedly he purchased the most land by a single person in world history all of it in Florida. Discover the legacy of Hamilton Disston and his business operations in Gilded Age Florida.


Free for members or with paid museum admission. 


Museum of Arts & Sciences - Root Family Auditorium
352 S. Nova Road
Daytona Beach FL 32114
2024 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.