LEESBURG — The Lake County Historical Society and the Business Resources Center of Lake-Sumter Community College are presenting a "Lake and Sumter County History Series" on five Tuesdays between Feb. 26-April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. at room 131 of the Health Science Center at Lake-Sumter Community College, located at 9501 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg.
The five-session series will include a broad sampling of the County's history from its earliest days through the middle of the last century. Speakers for the series are well-known researchers and historians, as well as longtime residents and those whose ancestors braved the Florida wilderness to start new lives in Lake County. The entire series costs $25. For more information or to register for the series, call the Business Resources Center at (352) 365-3579. Tickets for the series will also be sold at the door of each session.
Session 1 — Feb. 26
• "Welcome — Introduction to the Series" by Howard King, secretary of the Lake County Historical Society
• "South Lake County Life from the '30s" by Bonnie Ray, former librarian for Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont; Dolores Gano Walker, secretary and treasurer for the South Lake Historical Society; and Dr. Eugene Cantwell, a Clermont historian.
Session 2 — March 4
• "Central Florida's Civil War Pioneers" by Jeff Grzelak, a Civil War historian
• "Woodlea and the Voices of Tavares" by Robert Grenier, president of the Lake County Historical Society
Session 3 — March 18
• "History of Leesburg — The First 150 Years" by Sanna Henderson, a Leesburg historian
• "Unusual Good Will: German Prisoners of War at Camp Leesburg" by Robin Tinsley, an academic advisor at the University of Central Florida; and Peter Kehde, a biology professor at Lake-Sumter Community College
• "Baseball, Apple Pie and Leesburg" by Rick Reed, director of the Leesburg Heritage Museum
Session 4 — March 25
• "Waterways" by Dr. Joe Branham, a biologist and local historian
• "Discoveries Change History" by Dr. Diane Kamp, director of the Lake County Museums
Session 5 — April 1
• "Reception & Recognition" hosted by the Lake County Historical Museum