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January - March 2012     VOLUME 16 ISSUE 1
 
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Bob Grenier

Festival of Reading

"In 1875, wealthy attorney and newspaperman Maj. Alexander St. Clair Abrams and his wife, Joanna, journeyed north from their home in Orlando to a bridge of land weaving through a chain of beautiful lakes. It was here, in the heart of the state, where Major St. Clair Abrams envisioned a town that would someday be the seat of a new county. In 1880, he began to lay out his town, calling it after a Spanish ancestor, a grandee named Lopez Para y Tavares. St. Clair Abrams made Tavares a railroad hub, believing railroads and waterways were the key to growth and prosperity. He built hotels, mills, factories, and parks. Despite a destructive fire in 1888 that leveled the business district and the 1894 and 1895 freezes that set back the citrus industry, settlers continued to arrive. Today, Tavares maintains its small-town charm while it prospers as “America’s Seaplane City.” Book Description from Arcadia Publishing

"Author Bob Grenier moved to Florida from Chicago in 1985. He is an author, preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and board member of the Lake County Historical Society and Tavares Historical Society. The photographs featured in Images of America: Tavares were selected from the albums of longtime Tavareans and historical society archives."  Arcadia Publishing

Mr. Grenier will be appearing at the 2012 Festival of Reading.  The complete schedule can be found at http://www.mylakelibrary.org/festival_of_reading/2012/default.aspx