The History Of The Women of Weeki Wachee Springs

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A new online exhibit showcases artifacts and stories from 70 years of mermaid and Florida history


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We’re going back to the legendary mermaid attraction, Weeki Wachee Springs! In this episode, host Laura von Holt interviews emerging museum historian, Rebecca Schwandt, about her project, The Women of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, an online exhibit of artifacts and oral history about the experiences and history of the mermaid performers who have worked at Weeki Wachee over the decades. Rebecca shares what she discovered about the fascinating intersection of Florida history, women’s history, labor rights, environmentalism, and American roadside attractions…plus plenty of surprises that happened while cataloging pieces of Weeki Wachee’s seventy-year history.

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Laura von Holt, Fairy Boss Mother

Laura von Holt is the Fairy Boss Mother of Cinderly. Her goal in life is to lead the first fairy godmother empire, be the Lisa Frank of the Digital World, and make magic real for sparkle unicorns and boss ladies everywhere. A triple threat, Laura is a Pulitzer Prize contender, a Certified Fairyologist and a graduate of Weeki Wachee Sirens of the Deep mermaid camp. She writes romance novels under the pen name of Laura Lovely.


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