Written by Ed Long and Brendan Burke and published by the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, this book chronicles 100 years of the shrimping industry in St. Augustine. Not only does it tell the stories of the men who made their living catching shrimp, the book also documents the associated industries like boat building and marine supplies. The stories are fascinating and the photographs are amazing. There are discussions and diagrams showing how the technology behind net design changed over the years. You’ll learn how the familiar design of shrimp boats evolved too.
Shrimp Boat City [$24.95] can be purchased at the Lighthouse gift shop or online.
This is the view from our table on the deck at Aunt Kates while enjoying dinner last night. Sunset and the storm moving in created a glorious show complete with rolling thunder. Fortunately, we made it home before it caught up with us.
It’s the little stories – the personal stories – that bring history to life. Karen Harvey’s Legends and Tales is the first of two books that bring St. Augustine’s history to life. This edition includes stories about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Mocassin Branch, baseball and the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine from the people who were there when it happened.
Legends and Tales is available in paperback at Amazon for $17.99.
My sister and I were part of the original cast of Cross and Sword, an outdoor drama recreating the founding of St. Augustine in 1565. It premiered in 1965 as part of our quadracentennial celebration. We were hired as extras with no lines who wandered in and out of scenes – most often as Indians – throughout the performance. We even got… Read more →