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Anecdotal Histories of St. Augustine, Legends and Tales – Karen Harvey

Anecdotal Histories of St. Augustine

Legends and Tales I is a collection of anecdotal histories written and originally published in newspaper form before book publication. These memories reveal that the history of St. Augustine is not always in the recorded facts, but rather in the hearts and minds of the local citizens.
From stories about the early days of baseball and St. Augustine’s strongest man, to the history of the area’s African American population and the civil right movement.  L.O. Davis offers insights in the police work as well as many humorous stories.Anecdotal Histories of St. Augustine

Norton Baskin talks about his wife, the famous Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her book, The Yearling. Baskin recalled the making of the moved “Cross Creek” staring Mary Steenburgen as Marjorie and Peter Coyote as Baskin.  Legends I offers insight from a unique, often-overlooked perspective.

This second volume of anecdotal histories continues to uncover the multilayered history of St. Augustine. These historical vignettes, originally published in the St. Augustine Record will delight and entertain residents and visitors alike.

Written in a conversational style that is accessible and easy-going, Harvey brings the reader face to face with some of St. Augustine’s most interesting characters.  The resulting narrative allows the storyteller to paint a picture of the “oldest city” that is rarely found in other written histories.

Included in the compilation are sections about the history of the African American community in St. Augustine and accounts from the city’s legendary “Mr. St. Johns County,” Dan Mickler. Legends II continues to open doors to St. Augustine’s vast history.  If you enjoy anecdotal histories, these two volumes will fill your time with some of the most colorful recollections you can imagine.


Daring Daughters – A History of Women in St. Augustine – Karen Harvey

Daring Daughters

St. Augustine’s Feisty Females

Daring Daughters brings to life the timeless stories of women who over the centuries have faced adversity with courage, character and often humor. The tragedy of September 11, 2001, awakened the Western world to the atrocities inflicted on Islamic women. Daring Daughters - Karen Harvey, St. AugustineThough far less shocking, this collection of 20 stories spans a wide spectrum of time putting the plight of the oppressed into perspective.

The book opens with Antonia, the first Native American woman to be mentioned by name in European history journals. Lola Sanchez performs a heroic ride during the Civil War and Manuela Mickler is the poker-playing Minorcan Mama. Enterprising “Women Within” prove their worth at the Ximénez-Fatio house, and Lucy Abbott develops North City’s Abbott Tract. Kat Twine is a black woman who gets thrown into jail during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Ramelle Petroglou fights City Hall to become the first female mayor and Peggy Reddy takes her place as the first female County Court judge.

The women presented in Daring Daughters found a way to live their lives as they desired. Some overcame obstacles; some created their own road blocks while seeking a dream. Whether their historic contributions were by default or intent, they left their mark. All of them were survivors.  Daring Daughters – a history of women in St. Augustine.