Thursday, November 8, 10:00 – 11:50 am (1 session), Room E-113
“Manasota Key Underwater Archaeological Site” with John McCarthy
John McCarthy, the Executive Director of Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point, will present an update on the most recent archaeological discovery in the area. It is a unique archaeological site located near Manasota Key in the Gulf of Mexico. Underwater archaeologists from Florida's Bureau of Archaeological Research have been working to study and protect the site. The fact that it is underwater complicates the treatment of this site immeasurably.
Mr. McCarthy is a native Floridian and has lived in Sarasota for most of his life. He has served as the Sarasota County historian and director of parks and recreation. He has also served two terms as President of the Sarasota Historical Society. This is McCarthy's second class, he provided a popular LLI program and tour of Spanish Point last January.
Thursday, November 15, 10:00 – 11:50 am (1 session), Room E-113
“Surviving World War II” with Monika Tandon
Monika is the author of the book Beyond My Wildest Dreams: A German Girl's Story of WWII and Beyond which details the harrowing experiences of her childhood in war-torn Germany. She was born in German occupied Poland early in the war. Her father had been drafted and was killed before her birth. As the Russian Army advanced into the area she became a refugee along with thousands of other civilians. Her story of those years is unforgettable.
Monika eventually came to the United States and became an American citizen. She graduated from college and became a high school teacher. She wrote this book so that her children and grandchildren would understand their heritage.