Upcoming Guest Speakers

Upcoming Guest Speakers

Heritage Park is hosting a series of lectures on local and Florida history through February 2017

All presentations are free and open to the public. All presentations are at 6pm inside the Indian Temple Mound Museum at 139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

-January 20, 2017 – Mr. Hank Klein presents Destin’s Founding Father: Leonard Destin – Destin historian Hank Klein tells the story of Leonard Destin, the founding father of Destin, Florida, and how he sailed from New London, Connecticut, to Florida in 1835. Hear about his adventurous life, who really was the first settler, and why Destin is still tied to fishing and the sea.

-February 10, 2017 – Dr. Brian Rucker presents MINE EYES HAVE SEEN: FIRSTHAND REMINISCENCES OF THE CIVIL WAR IN WEST FLORIDA – a collection of eyewitness stories of Northwest Florida during the Civil War full of details not found in the military records.

-February 24, 2017 – Mr. Michael Weech presents Over The Horizon: The Age of Discovery in Florida – Heritage Park’s own Michael Weech will share the narrative of what, why, and how of European exploration of the New World.

-March 17, 2017 – Dr. Robert Kane presents The Doolittle Raiders at Eglin Field – the story of the aircrews who trained at Eglin in 1942 for the famed Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942.