A new online exhibit showcases artifacts and stories from 70 years of mermaid and Florida history
♡ ♡ ♡ Tail Mail! ♡ ♡ ♡ 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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