2022-2023 Meetings & Special Programs
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Oct 24 7:00 – 8:00 p.m via Zoom
David Head presents Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United States.
Nov 28 – 7:00-8:00 pm via Zoom
Cynthia Barnett presents The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Ocean
The human fascination with seashells is primal. Archeological
evidence suggests that Neanderthals collected cockle shells on the coast of what is
modern Spain, perhaps giving preference to those they found beautiful. Native
Americans built “great cities of shell” on the coasts, later carted off for road fill. In the
1950s, the nation burned with a shell-collecting fever only a Florida beach vacation
could cure. In her program The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the
Oceans, award-winning environmental author Cynthia Barnett explores the long, rich
and surprisingly profound relationship between humans and seashells. Traveling from
Florida to the Bahamas to the Maldives, West Africa, and beyond, Barnett uncovers the
ancient history of shells as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects,
and the rarely appreciated but remarkable creatures that make them. For eons, shell
and their mollusk makers have reflected humanity’s shifting attitudes toward and
precarious place in the natural world. While shells reveal how humans have altered the
climate and the sea—down to its very chemistry—they are also sentinels of hope for
coastal adaptation for climate change, alternative energy and other solutions that lie
beneath the waves. With her engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long
hidden in plain sight, Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as
the human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for our warming world.
About the speaker: Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning environmental journalist who
has reported on water and climate change around the world. Her latest book, The
Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans, was named one of the best
science books of the year by NPR’s Science Friday, Library Journal and others, and a
best nonfiction book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, the Tampa Bay Times and others.
Ms. Barnett is also the author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, longlisted for the
National Book Award. Her previous books are Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s
Water Crisis, which articulates a water ethic for America, and Mirage: Florida and the
Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. which won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the
Florida Book Awards and has been listed by The Tampa Bay Times as one of the top
10 books that every Floridian should read. She has written for National Geographic, the
Atlantic, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Tampa Bay
Times and many other publications. She lives in Gainesville, Florida where she serves as Environmental Journalist in Residence at the University of Florida's College of
Journalism and Communications. Journalism and Communications.
Sat Jan 21 Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale (Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center, Ocean Avenue)
2023 Florida Highwayman Art Show and Sale information
Sponsored by the Boynton Woman’s Club & the Boynton Beach Historical Society in partnership with the City of Boynton Beach
Saturday, January 21, 2023 – 11am to 3pm
Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center 125 East Ocean Ave Boynton Beach FL 33435
Feb 27; TBA
Mar 27; TBA
Apr 24 TBA
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