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Avon Park, Florida
From Cultural Conflict to Coexistence in Florida’s Heartland
Dr. Jerald T. Milanich and Dr. Charlotte Pressler take part in “Florida's Spanish-Indian Missions, 1565–1763,” part of the A Sense of Home program. Image courtesy of the South Florida State College Department of Humanities.

South Florida State College’s (SFSC) project, A Sense of Home, seeks to infuse the state’s rich and unusual history into literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, humanities, and studio art courses. Located in Florida’s sparsely-populated rural center, SFSC is a two-year college that primarily serves lower-income, first-generation college students. With NEH funding, SFSC brought experts in Florida’s history and culture to the college, where they spoke and led discussions on the state’s Indigenous peoples; the history of early cattlemen and agriculture in the region; the establishment of maroon communities in the 18th and 19th centuries; the literature of Zora Neale Hurston; and the role of women in the state after the Civil War and through the 1980s.

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