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October - December 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 4
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The Immortal Fountain: The Fountain of Youth in Florida’s History, Mythology and Art

Viva Florida 500

Dr. Mallory O’Connor explored the connection between the fabled Fountain of Youth and the development of Florida as a land where dreams come true and people can reinvent themselves as part of Lake County's Viva Florida 500 series.  She discussed works of art—both traditional and popular— that provide the framework for an intriguing look into the heart of Florida’s self-image to a capitavated audience.

Mallory O’Connor is a Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Fe College. She has been involved in numerous exhibits on Florida, including: Florida Before Columbus, Opening the Door to a New World: Mark Catesby in La Florida, and The Great Alachua Savanna: A Visual History of Paynes Prairie. Currently, she is working on a book and an art exhibition focusing on the Fountain of Youth in Florida history, mythology and art.

This program was brought to you by the Florida Humanities Council and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

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