Did You Know? Speaker Series

Did You Know?  is a monthly series of conversations on a wide variety of topics with interesting and informed members of the community.

Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm


19th Century frontier life in palm beach county: a photographic essay.

A conversation with Josh Liller, Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society.

Melville Spencer was an early pioneer resident of the Lake Worth area who took up photography while assistant keeper of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, usually selling the photos as stereoviews.   Spencer’s stereoviews are possibly the only photos of the Jupiter and Lake Worth areas taken prior to 1890.  These rare images depict the lighthouse, Seminoles, pioneer residents, early homes and agriculture, and wilderness scenes that would be unrecognizable to many modern residents of the area.  Learn about Spencer and his less known fellow photographer, Fred Whitehead, and see many examples of their work.

About the speaker:  Josh Liller is the Historian and Collections Manager for the Loxahatchee River Historical Society which operates Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.  He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2013 with a History BA. Josh was nationally published for the first time in the November 2016 issue of Keeper’s Log, the quarterly magazine of the US Lighthouse Society. He also contributed articles to several local newsletters and magazines and has been giving history presentations since 2011. He is currently working on his first book, a biographical history of Jupiter’s lighthouse keepers.


Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Legendary Lumber:


The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.

A Conversation with Tom Zappala. 

Tom Zappala is a businessman in the greater Boston area who is extremely proud of his Italian heritage and passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. His keen interest in baseball history inspired him to co-author the award-winning nonfiction books, The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories (IPPY Award 2010), The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players (Ben Franklin Award 2013), and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2016). He is actively involved in several Italian cultural organizations, and is also the co-host of a popular Italian-themed radio show in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He has recently authored a humorous look back at his years in Catholic Grammar School entitled Bless Me Sister. He loves spending time with his grandchildren and enjoys an occasional Grey Goose martini to accompany his soppressata and imported cheese.


Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Jane Austen Still Has Great Advice for Us Today

A Conversation with Kathleen Anderson. 

Dr. Kathleen Anderson is a Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she has taught since 1996 and received the Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her over twenty published essays, some co-authored with students, have appeared in such journals as Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, European Romantic Review, Victorian PoetryPersuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, Persuasions On-Line, Renascence, Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, and The Gaskell Journal. Anderson was selected as the Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence at Goucher College for 2015-2016. Her popular nonfiction has appeared in such diverse venues as The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, and Teen Magazine. She and colleague Dr. Susan Jones co-authored the whimsical book, Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift (Berkley Books, 2013).  Anderson’s scholarly book, Understanding Jane Austen’s Women: An Introduction, is forthcoming from SUNY Press.    

  • The Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Program. A Conversation with Elayna Toby Singer. Monday, October 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
  • Shakespeare, Astrology, and Love: Are Men Really From Mars and Women From Venus? A Conversation with Priscilla Costello, independent researcher. Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
  • Childhood Memories of Great Britain During World War II. A Conversation with Maire Pantani. Monday, January 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
  • Florida Mystery Fiction and Writers. A Conversation with Susan Jones, Professor of English, Palm Beach Atlantic University. Monday, March 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM.
  • The World of Jane Austen’s Prequels, Sequels, and Fan Fiction, and Why Jane Austen Continues To Be Written By Other Writers. A Conversation with Susan Jones, Professor of English, Palm Beach Atlantic University. Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM