APPEARANCES

VIDEOS/RADIO

Florida Frontiers Radio Program #403, Peggy Macdonald on Women's Suffrage

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"Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage"

St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

YouTube - Florida and Pinellas Women's Early Activism

"Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment:

Florida Women Breaking Barriers"

YouTube - Florida Historical Society Virtual Annual Meeting and Symposium

"Florida's Female Pioneers," Florida Historic Capitol Museum

The Florida Channel - Video

"Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment"

SLCTV - Video

"The Environmental Legacies of Marjorie and Archie Carr"

Samuel Proctor Oral History Program - Video

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment

Dr. Macdonald provides an overview of the life and legacy of the self-described “housewife from Micanopy,” who in reality struggled to balance career and family with her husband, Archie Carr, a pioneering conservation biologist. For 35 years, Carr tirelessly led a coalition of citizen activists in the continuing battle to protect and restore the Ocklawaha River. To this day, this little-known river in the heart of central Florida remains blocked by the remnants of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project that Carr and her fellow Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE) activists stopped before its construction was completed. Dr. Macdonald's presentation is illustrated with images from the collection of Mimi Carr, the Matheson History Museum and other repositories. This program will be presented as a class for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at Eckerd College on February 4, 2021.

Other Available Talks:

Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage

Dr. Macdonald presents "Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage," which traces Florida's suffrage movement from its origins to early successes with municipal voting in 1915, to August 27, 1920, when Fay Gibson Moulton Bridges became the first Florida woman to vote after the 19th Amendment went into effect. Dr. Macdonald highlights former Florida First Lady May Mann Jennings's efforts to galvanize the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs to fight for equal suffrage. The racial divide in Florida's (and the nation's) suffrage movement is also addressed, including Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's struggle to help Black men and women exercise their right to vote by offering classes designed to help students pass the literacy test and by fundraising for a poll tax fund. A selection of Florida's most prominent suffragists are examined, along with their strategies to secure the right to vote. 

Florida's Female Pioneers

In "Florida's Female Pioneers," Dr. Peggy Macdonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female physician, ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida--and probably the nation--after the Civil War. Harriet Beecher Stowe kick-started Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneering educator and civil rights leader, was the first in her family to be born into freedom after the Civil War and later became one of the first female college presidents in the world. Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was the first and only female Florida Seminole tribal chair and the first female tribal chair of any American Indian tribe in the nation. Florida First Lady May Mann Jennings, married to Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings, was a suffragist and conservationist who was known as the most powerful woman in Florida. Florida's "Three Marjorie(y)s"--Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Marjorie Harris Carr and Marjory Stoneman Douglas--are also featured. The talk is illustrated by stereographs and historic postcards from the Matheson History Museum, State Archives of Florida, the private collection of Mimi Carr, and other repositories. 

Florida's First Ladies

Dr. Macdonald shares the fascinating stories of some of Florida’s most memorable First Ladies, from the territorial period to today, and their impact on the Sunshine State. Meet women such as Rachel Donelson, who moved with her second husband, Andrew Jackson, to territorial Florida in 1821; and Martha Starke Peay Perry, who witnessed the rise of secession at the dawn of the Civil War.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

October 29, 2020

"Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage"

Guest Lecturer (virtual program)

Florida Lecture Series

Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History

October 19, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Instructor

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Virtual Class

October 11, 2020

"Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment: Florida Women Breaking Barriers"

Florida Historical Society Virtual Annual Meeting

Video

September 17, 2020

"Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage"

St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

Video

 

August 6, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Florida Humanities Florida Talks virtual program

July 15, 2020

Eau Gallie Public Library

"Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage"

Florida Humanities Florida Talks virtual program

Video

June 27, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Ormond Beach Historical Society

Guest Lecturer

Florida Humanities Florida Talks virtual program

June 9, 2020

"A Short History of Florida: From the Spanish Colonial Period to the Present"

North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

Guest Lecturer 

Cisco Webex presentation

May 7, 2020

"Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment"

Guest Lecturer

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Facebook Live event - Micanopy, Florida

April 10, 2020

"Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment"

Guest Lecturer 

Manatee Observation & Education Center

Facebook Live event - Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL

March 12, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Matheson History Museum

Gainesville, FL

Video

March 8, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Brechner Speaker Series

Orange County Regional History Center

Orlando, FL

March 5, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Beaches Museum

Jacksonville Beach, FL

Video

March 4, 2020

"Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage"

Guest Lecturer

Preserve the 'Burg

St. Petersburg, FL

March 3, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Marco Island Historical Society

Marco Island, FL

 

February 19, 2020

"Florida's First Ladies"

Guest Lecturer

Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

Islamorada, FL

January 30, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

19th Amendment Centennial Lecture

Winter Haven Public Library 

Winter Haven, FL

January 18, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

5th Annual Florida History Con

Museum of Arts & Sciences

Daytona Beach, FL

January 18, 2020

"Florida Women's Fight for Suffrage"

Guest Lecturer

Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Hawthorne, FL

January 9, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

College of the Florida Keys VIP 2020 Lecture Series

Key West, FL

January 8, 2020

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Friends of the Pine Island Public Library

Bokeelia, FL

November 20, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Seminole Historical Society & Museum

Seminole, FL

July 18, 2019

"Gainesville's 150th Anniversary Revisited"

Guest Lecturer

Sunrise Rotary Club

Gainesville, FL

June 4, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Centennial Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment Commemoration

Tallahassee, FL

Video

April 13, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Palm Coast Historical Society

Palm Coast, FL

March 31, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Columbia County Public Library

Lake City, FL

March 28, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers, FL

March 23, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Coral Springs Museum of Art

Coral Springs, FL

March 21, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers" 

Guest Lecturer

Lake Wales History Museum

Lake Wales, FL

March 14, 2019

"Florida's First Ladies"

Guest Lecturer

The Emerson Center

Vero Beach, FL

 

March 9, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Barberville, FL

 

March 6, 2019

"Marjorie Harris Carr: A Florida Superhero"

Guest Lecturer

Oxbow Eco-Center at the Port St. Lucie Community

Port St. Lucie, FL

January 31, 2019

The Environmental Legacies of Marjorie and Archie Carr

Panel discussion moderator with Carr family representatives Mimi Carr and Archie Carr III

The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Oak Hammock

Recorded by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program

Gainesville, FL

January 19, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Hawthorne, FL

January 10, 2019

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

St. Petersburg Museum of History

St. Petersburg, FL

December 6, 2018

"Florida's Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Port Orange Regional Library

Port Orange, FL

November 2, 2018

Founding Families Gala

Presentation of History of Honorees

Matheson History Museum

Gainesville, FL

October 11, 2018

"Dr. Esther Hill Hawks: A Florida Civil War Diary"

Guest Lecturer

Civil War Roundtable of North Florida

Gainesville, FL

October 9, 2018

"A Brief History of Alachua County's Citrus History"

Alachua County Historical Commission presentation

Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Meeting

Gainesville, FL

September 23, 2018

"A Brief History of Alachua County's Citrus History"

Keynote Speaker

Annual Meeting of the Alachua County Library District Foundation

Alachua County Library District Headquarters Library

Gainesville, FL

September 15, 2018

"Florida's First Ladies"

Guest Lecturer

Friends of Chinsegut Hill annual meeting

Chinsegut Hill Museum and Retreat

Hernando County, FL

June 15, 2018

"Florida's Three Marjorie(y)s"

Guest Lecturer

The Village at Gainesville

Gainesville, FL

June 14, 2018

"Florida's Three Marjorie(y)s"

Guest Lecturer

Friends of the Micanopy Library

Micanopy, FL

May 18, 2018

"The Architecture of Segregation and Desegregation in Alachua County, Florida"

Panelist

Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting

Sarasota, FL

May 10, 2018

"Florida's Three Marjorie(y)s"

Guest Lecturer

Altrusa International of Gainesville monthly meeting

Gainesville, FL

April 21, 2018

"Cross Creek Citrus Before and After Rawlings"

Guest Lecturer

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society Annual Meeting

Mount Dora, FL

April 3, 2018

"Florida's First Ladies"

Guest Lecturer

Oak Hammock at the University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

March 31, 2018

"Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment"

Guest Lecturer

Ormond Beach Historical Society

Ormond Beach, FL

March 27, 2018

"Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment"

Guest Lecturer

A. E. Backus Mueum & Gallery

Fort Pierce, FL

March 10, 2018

"Florida's Forgotten Female Pioneers"

Guest Lecturer

Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Barberville, FL

February 29, 2018

"Gainesville History: Myth vs. Reality"

Road Scholar series with Sweetwater Branch Inn

Guest lecturer
Gainesville, FL

February 23, 2018

“The Three Marjorie(y)s and the Fight for Florida’s Future”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival

Museum of the Everglades

Everglades City, FL

February 22, 2018

"Gainesville History: Myth vs. Reality"

Road Scholar series with Sweetwater Branch Inn

Guest lecturer
Gainesville, FL

February 19, 2018

"Gainesville History: Myth vs. Reality"

Road Scholar series with Sweetwater Branch Inn

Guest lecturer
Gainesville, FL

January 30, 2018

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series

Guest Lecturer

Stetson University

DeLand, FL

January 18, 2018

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series

Guest Lecturer

Museum of Florida History

Tallahassee, FL

January 9, 2018

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series

Friends of Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn Series

Guest Lecturer

Friends of Rookery Bay

Naples, FL

January 8, 2018

"Lost Gainesville"

Guest Lecturer

AARP Gainesville monthly meeting

Senior Recreation Center

Gainesville, FL

May 27, 2017

A Taste of Local History

Pine Grove Apartments

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

March 13, 2017

Road Scholar series with Sweetwater Branch Inn

Matheson History Museum and 1867 Matheson House

Guest lecturer
Gainesville, FL

March 11, 2017

“Hidden History: A St. Petersburg, Florida Grandmother and Her World War II-era
Bomb Factory"

Florida Conference of Historians Annual Meeting

Panelist

Punta Gorda, Florida.

February 20, 2017

Road Scholar series with Sweetwater Branch Inn

Matheson History Museum and 1867 Matheson House

Guest lecturer
Gainesville, FL

January 30, 2017

Road Scholar series with Sweetwater Branch Inn

Matheson History Museum and 1867 Matheson House

Guest lecturer
Gainesville, FL

January 15, 2017

"Dr. Sarah Robb, Alachua County's First Female Physician"

Sunday Assembly Gainesville

Gainesville, FL

November 15, 2016

Association for Academic Women (AAW) at the University of Florida, Women of Influence Series

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

October 21, 2016

United Nations Day

Honorary Chair

Gainesville, FL

October 19, 2016

 “Hidden History: A St. Petersburg, Florida Grandmother and Her World War II-era Bomb Factory”

History Department Colloquium

Stetson University

DeLand, FL

September 27, 2016

Oak Hammock Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

May 27, 2016

Florida Native Plant Society The Villages Chapter

Guest lecturer

The Villages, FL

 

May 21, 2016

Florida Historical Society annual meeting

Panelist

Orlando, FL

 

May 12, 2016

Civil War Roundtable of North Florida

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

May 11, 2016

Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

April 22, 2016

Ed Emery for Congress Earth Day fundraiser

Guest lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

April 14, 2016

Putnam County Environmental Council

Guest Lecturer

Palatka, FL

 

March 30, 2016

Florida's Natural Grove House Visitor Center

Guest Lecturer

Lake Wales, FL

 

March 17, 2016

Palm Coast Civil War Round Table

Guest Lecturer

Palm Coast, FL 

 

March 13, 2016

Writers Alliance of Gainesville

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

February 19, 2016

Florida Conference of Historians annual meeting

Panelist

Orlando, FL

 

January 9, 2016

Micanopy Historical Society

Guest Lecturer

Micanopy, FL

 

January 8, 2016

Trinity United Methodist Church Seniors Group

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

December 9, 2015

Retired Faculty of the University of Florida

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

November 12, 2015

Senior Recreation Center

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

October 16, 2015

Oral History Association annual meeting

Panelist

Tampa, FL

 

October 12, 2015

Academia Hernando

Guest Lecturer

Weeki Wachee, FL

 

September 3, 2015

Suwannee-St. Johns Group Sierra Club

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

July 20, 2015

Rotary Club of Greater Gainesville

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

May 24, 2015

Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting

Panelist

St. Augustine, Florida

 

April 22, 2015

Florida Conversations Series

Tampa Bay History Center

Guest Lecturer 

Tampa, FL

 

April 22, 2015

Cultural Arts Coalition: Earth Day Luncheon in Honor of Marjorie Harris Carr

Keynote Speaker

Gainesville, FL

 

March 27, 2015

"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society Friday Lecture Series

Guest Lecturer

Sanibel, FL

 

March 21, 2015

Lake Wales Public Library

Guest Lecturer

Lake Wales, FL

 

March 20, 2015

Gulfport Historical Society

Guest Lecturer

Gulfport, FL

 

March 17, 2015

Venice Area Historical Society Annual Meeting & Luncheon

Keynote Speaker

Venice, FL

 

March 2, 2015

Friends of the Eau Gallie Library

Guest Lecturer

Melbourne, FL

 

February 14, 2015

Florida Conference of Historians Annual Meeting

Panelist

Lakeland, FL

 

January 15, 2015

Florida Southern College, Florida Lecture Series

Guest Lecturer

Lakeland, FL

 

December 30, 2014

Florida Trail Association

Guest Lecturer

Doe Lake, Florida

 

November 19, 2014

Sierra Club Central Florida

Guest Lecturer

Orlando, FL

 

November 8, 2014

Forever Florida, Remembering Patrick Smith

Guest Lecturer

St. Cloud, FL

 

October 19, 2014

East End Market

Reflecting Florida: How Agriculture, Art & Activism Shape Our State

Panelist

Orlando, FL

 

September 14, 2014

Preserve Brevard, Friends of the Carr Refuge and Space Coast Science Education Alliance

Guest Lecturer

Melbourne, FL

 

June 17, 2014

Matheson History Museum

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

 

November 22, 2013

Stetson University Black Student Association

Panelist

DeLand, FL

 

September 11, 2013

Stetson University

Panel discussion on foreign and domestic policies in the wake of 9/11

Panelist

DeLand, FL

 

April 24, 2013

Stetson University History Department Colloquium 

Research Presentation

DeLand, FL

 

March 1, 2013

Florida Conference of Historians Annual Meeting

Panelist

Sarasota, FL

 

February 27, 2009

American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference

Panelist

Tallahassee, FL

 

May 23, 2008

Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting

Panelist

Sarasota, Florida

 

October 5, 2008

Florida Defenders of the Environment

A Celebration of Archie and Marjorie Carr

Guest Lecturer

Gainesville, FL

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