Florida Vistas Book Club: They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History

8/15/2019 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Event Description

Title: They Dared to Dream: Florida Women Who Shaped History
Author: Doris Weatherford

Join us for our next Florida history book club meeting at the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. In this extensive portrayal of Florida’s guiding matriarchs, Doris Weatherford highlights the myriad contributions women have made throughout Florida’s history. From the select few who traveled with Ponce de Leon to the state’s first female mayor Marion H. O’Brien, Weatherford sheds light on the roles these pioneering women played in the shaping of the Sunshine State. They Dared to Dream reveals the lifestyles and achievements of women throughout landmark moments in history, including Native civilizations before the arrival of European colonists; early Spanish, British, and French exploration, the Civil War era, Reconstruction, the early twentieth century, and the population explosions post–World War II. Featuring often-celebrated personalities—including Mary Martha Reid, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton—alongside the lesser-known lives of Princess Murat, lighthouse keeper Barbara Mabrity, Florida Memorial College founder Sarah Ann Blocker, and others—this pivotal examination of Florida’s female agents of change draws attention to women’s instrumental roles in the historical events that defined the Sunshine State.

Light refreshments will be served. 

RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285. 

Admission: Free for members, $5.00 for future members. 


Florida Vista Book Club Reading List


November 2016 - Forever Island by Patrick Smith (Fiction)

December 2016 - Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa LaFaye (Fiction)


January 2017 - Legendary Locals of Daytona Beach by Mark Lane (Non-Fiction) *Author Visit

February 2017 - Florida Boy by William Cuyler Hall (Fiction)

March 2017 - Mosquito Soup by Weona Cleveland (Non-Fiction)

April 2017 - Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford (Non-Fiction)

May 2017 - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction)

June 2017 - Mr. Flagler's St. Augustine by Thomas Graham (Non-Fiction)

August 2017 - Don Juan McQueen by Eugenia Price (Fiction)

September 2017 - Nine Florida Stories by Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Non-Fiction)

October 2017 - The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Fiction) *Luncheon

November 2017  - White Sugar, Brown Sugar by Michael Pyle (Fiction) *Author Visit

December 2017 - Scat by Carl Hiaasen (Fiction)


January 2018 - Mullet on the Beach: The Minorcans in Florida 1768-1788 by Patricia C. Griffin (Non-Fiction)

February 2018 - The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (Non-Fiction)

March 2018 - Hotel Ormond: A Lost Treasure by Donald D. Spencer (Non-Fiction)

April 2018 - Love Again: A Historical Novel of Key West 1831-1842 by Susan Blackmon (Fiction)

May 2018 - Hidden History of Ft. Myers by Cynthia A. William (Non-Fiction)

June 2018 - Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck (Fiction)

July 2018 - A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando (Fiction)

August 2018 - Colored Town: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Me by Jessie Mae Walton-Woodard (Memoir) *Author Visit

September 2018 - Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore by Ben Green (Non-Fiction)

October 2018 - Back Country Lawman by Bob H. Lee (Non-Fiction)

November 2018 - Seduced by Randy White (Fiction)

December 2018 - Sunday Wild Child by Ethel Cook Wilson (Fiction)


January 2019 - Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller (Fiction)

February 2019 - Anna In the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Play)

March 2019 - At Home in Persimmon Hollow by Gerri Bauer (Fiction) *Author Visit

April 2019 - For Sale American Paradise by Willie Drye (Non-Fiction)

May 2019 - At First Light by Vanessa LaFaye (Fiction)

June 2019 - The Swamp by Michael Grunwald (Non-Fiction)

July 2019 - Camino Island by John Grisham (Fiction)

August 2019 - They Dared to Dream: Florida Women by Doris Weatherford (Non-Fiction)

September 2019 - Florida Pirates from Southern Gulf to the Keys & Beyond by James Kaserman (Non-Fiction)

Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art
352 S. Nova Road
Daytona Beach FL 32114