The Orange County Regional History Center has teamed up with the League of Women Voters of Orange County to present the 2019 Brechner Speaker Series, highlighting the role of women as “warriors for democracy.”
The series began on February 3 with historian Patricia Farless of the University of Central Florida, speaking on “Suffragists and Abolitionists: Getting the Right to Vote.” On February 17, Leslie Kemp Poole of Rollins College presented “Women: Fighters for Florida’s Environment.” Poole, an environmental historian and League member, that was featured January 15 on PBS in “The Swamp,” a documentary about the Everglades.
In the Brechner Series’ third installment, Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law presented “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.”
The last Brechner event for 2019, titled “Warriors for Democracy: The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers on April 14, including Linda Chapin, former League president who became Orange County’s first mayor, and League members Joy Wallace Dickinson, Lisa Adkins, Carol Davis, and Joan Erwin.
All Brechner Series programs are free and take place from 2-4 p.m. at the History Center, 65 E. Central Boulevard. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For details about the Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center programs, visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030.