Dreamers and Schemers An Evening with Great Floridians
Friday June 20, 2014 Showtime 7:30pm
Entrepreneurialism, Tourism, and Preservation presented by the Florida Humanities Council. The play will feature themed Chautauqua-style troupes, each with three different noted Floridians from our state’s rich past. Each Great Floridian; Henry Flagler, Napoleon Broward and Mary Jane Bethune will present a 15-20 minute monologue designed to provide the audience with a sense of their character’s vision of Florida – who they were and how they impacted the state. These vibrant living history performances include a Q&A session with audience members. The three performances are: Henry Morrison Flagler’s (1830-1913) whose fortune began with Standard Oil, would go on to become a railroad tycoon, real estate developer, hotelier, founder of the city of Palm Beach, and earn the title: The Father of Miami. More than any other person, Henry Flagler shaped the landscape of Florida’s east coast. Sheriff, congressman, and governor, Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (1857-1910) was one of Florida’s most influential politicians at the turn of the 20th century. Despite his distinguished political career, Broward is perhaps best known for his controversial push to drain the everglades. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, (1875-1955) an African-American teacher, was one of the great educators in the United States history. She was a leader of women, an adviser to several American presidents, and a powerful champion of equality among races and civil rights leader. Best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida.