Lecture – The History of Boat Building on the Gulf Coast of Florida
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Presentation: The History of Boat Building on the Gulf Coast of Florida and the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum
Location: Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium, 2:00 pm, followed by Reception in the Woman’s Club Room with book selling, (cash only).
Speaker John Pether, co-authored with Laura Pether, and director of the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum in Sarasota.
The presentation will cover highlights from his book, Wood, Fiberglass, and Steel: The History of Boat Building on Florida’s Gulf Coast, about the history of boat building on the Gulf Coast of Florida from Chokoloskee Island (south of the Everglades) to Pensacola. He will discuss some of the characters written about and will also discuss the plans for the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum project. Despite Florida’s long history of boat building dating back 7,000 years to the original native settlers, and despite the fact that Florida has the largest number of registered boats in the country, the longest coastline second only to Alaska, and a huge and thriving boat building industry, there is no significant Maritime museum in the entire state which is collecting, preserving, and exhibiting our boat building history. The Gulf Coast Maritime Museum, Inc. is designed to fill that void.
Books are $22. Cash (exact amount) accepted or checks made out to GC Maritime Museum.
Cost: Members Free, Non-members $35, register online below to attend. (Not a member? Click here to join.)
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