Area history buffs invited to museum lecture series

If learning about an ancient 'hollow earth' religious cult that banned sex and counted on its leader being immortal sounds intriguing, sign up for the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s 2017 evening workshops.


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If learning about an ancient “hollow earth” religious cult that banned sex and counted on its leader being immortal sounds intriguing, sign up for the St. Petersburg Museum of History’s 2017 evening workshops.

Billed as “an evening of wine, words and wisdom,” the Happy Hour with the Historian Cocktail Lecture Series features presentations six times each year for history buffs who want to enjoy learning in an informal environment.

Lecture-goers can partake of a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and the chance to meet the speaker. Seating can be reserved by clicking here, and admission to the 7 p.m. events is a suggested donation of $5.

“With the help of (sponsor) RBC Wealth Management, the museum was able to once again present an impressive slate of entertaining authors and historians in a fun and laid back atmosphere,” Rui Farias, the museum’s executive director, said. 

The list of lectures for the 2017 series includes Lyn Millner with "The Allure of Immortality – An American Cult, a Florida Swamp & a Renegade Prophet," on Jan. 12; Craig Pittman with "Oh, Florida – America’s Weirdest State," on March 9; Lisa Bradberry with "Weedon Island’s Sunhaven Movie Studios," May 11; Peter Meinke with "An Evening with Florida’s Poet Laureate," July 13; Bill Leavengood with "Doc Webb and his World Famous Webb’s City," Sept. 14; and Lynn Waddell with "Fringe Florida," on Nov. 9.

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