Join the Nassau County Public Library System at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library on May 11th at 6pm with speaker Eliot Kleinberg for his presentation “War in Paradise: World War II in Florida”. In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany’s U-Boats worked with impunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida’s very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for soldiers as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases and airfields increased from 8 to 172 by 1943. The sleepy southern state became one of the nation’s hotspots, and Florida would never be the same.
This program is funded by a Florida Talks grant from Florida Humanities and is sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library and the Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front.
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