LARGO – As part of the Speaking of History lecture series, author Cathy Salustri will present “Finding More of Florida” on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. in the Pinellas Room at Heritage Village.
Salustri’s program in February 2012 traced her journey of nearly 5,000 miles within Florida in a camper van to witness how the landscape had changed since the publication of “Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State in 1939.” The book, published by the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression, sought to promote tourism in the remote peninsula.
Gulfport-based Salustri’s love of Florida reaches across the state. Her travels take her on foot, bike, boat or car to places the Interstate bypassed long ago, as well as those spots where natural beauty has survived the onslaught of overpopulation.
She attended the University of Central Florida, and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa before embarking on the adventure that is the Florida Studies Master’s program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She has written travel pieces for USA Today, Visit Florida, regional magazines and local press.