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Map of the Southeastern United States with compass near Florida.

At our upcoming history programs, we’re discussing Giant Ground Sloths and Bermuda Triangle extraterrestrial activity. Bet you didn’t think you’d learn about these topics at the library. These aren’t your average history lectures!

An engaging history program on the horizon covers a popular mysterious topic—the Bermuda Triangle. We’ve all heard the tall tales of the Bermuda Triangle. It’s well-known as a place where ships and airplanes go and never return. Some believe that unpredictable storms combined with clumsy navigation often account for the staggering loss of property and lives.

Others believe that storms and navigation are not to blame, though, theorizing that the supernatural is involved. Could turmoil in the Bermuda Triangle be caused by Atlantian power crystals, alien interference, portals to other worlds, or some other element of the unknown? Join us to find out!

Speaker Patrick McCormack will present his knowledge of the Bermuda Triangle at the Pablo Creek Regional Library on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. McCormack provides destination-related historical and anthropological knowledge. He often gives lectures on cruise ships, offering tours of international waters while setting sail.

Coming up on Saturday, Sept. 29, the Argyle Branch Library will host Ancient Florida: From Mega-fauna to the First Snow-Birds, a program on Florida creatures of yesteryear.

Even though Christopher Columbus never set foot in Florida, our state was a stomping ground for other Conquistadors. They walked in the 10,000-year-old footprints of natives who lived alongside the Saber Tooth Tiger and the Giant Ground Sloth.

Didn’t know sloths could be gigantic? Then it may also surprise you that armadillos were once the size of Volkswagen Beetles and weighed over two tons! For as long as the Earth has turned, Florida has been a playground for unique living creatures.

If you’re passionate about the history of Jacksonville or Florida history as a whole, be sure to come away with new knowledge after this program. Learn more about Florida’s ancient creatures at the Argyle Branch Library on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the year, the Jacksonville Public Library is proud to offer engaging programs on a variety of topics. Our history programs provide a range of information on topics local to the history of Jacksonville as well as national and international history.

Will your Thursday take you to Ancient Florida or the Bermuda Triangle? As always, every program at the library is free and open to the public. We hope to see you soon!

If you can’t make it to our programs this week, explore our local history resources on our website! You can take a tour of our Florida map collection, research Florida ancestors for your genealogy, dive into our African-American collection, and more!

Interested in learning more about the Bermuda Triangle or Florida's wildlife? Put a title on hold in our catalog today!

Sep 10 2018

Jacksonville Public Library