Treasures of the Panhandle with Dr. Brian Rucker
Thursday, July 20, 6:00 pm, Niceville Community Center
Dr. Brian Rucker returns to take us on a unique journey through Florida's panhandle, discovering its historic treasures and natural wonders. From Escambia along the Alabama border to Franklin on the banks of the Apalachicola River, the twelve counties of the panhandle include battlefields from the Redstick War of 1813-1814 and the First Seminole War four years later, twenty-four state parks, three state forests, one national forest, and a national seashore. You'll also find caves, the world's largest air force base, and the first European settlement in North America.
Dr. Brian Rucker is a seventh-generation Floridian who earned his Ph.D. in history from FSU and has authored and edited over 50 books and articles related to the Panhandle. He teaches history at Pensacola State College, and also teaches a course on the history of the Florida Panhandle at the University of West Florida. Dr. Rucker is currently President of the Gulf South Historical Association and will be in charge of this year's conference in Natchez, Mississippi.