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UF/IFAS Extension: Suncoast Empire - Bertha Honore Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota, 1910-1982

Free Event


Join Frank Cassell, author of the award-winning "Suncoast Empire," for a one-hour discussion of Bertha Honore Palmer's influence on agriculture and farming in Sarasota County.

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"Suncoast Empire," a look at Palmer's life and times, earned Cassell a silver medal for Florida-focused nonfiction writing in the 2017 Florida Book Awards, a competition coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries.

Palmer was one of the best-known and wealthiest women in America in the early 20th century.

She was an art collector, women's rights advocate, businesswoman, owner of Chicago's Palmer House Hotel, and had elegant homes in Chicago, Paris, and London.

She traveled to Sarasota in 1910 and, for some reason, decided to spend much of each year for the rest of her life on one of America's last frontiers.

She invested in cattle and farming, and created communities out of marshlands, pine forests, and tropical jungles.

She managed to make a good deal of money and to change Sarasota forever.

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