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Celebrated historian, storyteller to discuss Seminole wars at Tobacco Museum

A Jackson County author and historian with a celebrated knack for storytelling and renowned expertise on the little-known history of Northwest Florida will bring his unique brand of history lesson to Havana’s Shade Tobacco Museum this weekend.

At 10:30 a.m., this Saturday, January 26, Dale Cox of Two Egg, Florida will share some of his vast knowledge about the Seminole Wars of the early 1800s in a fun, family friendly event at the Havana History and Heritage Society’s Shade Tobacco Museum, located in the Planters Exchange Complex, 204 2nd Street, downtown Havana.

In addition the Seminole Wars – much of which was fought on Gadsden and Jackson county soil – Cox will discuss the history and culture of some of Northwest Florida’s native peoples: namely, the Creek/Muscogee and Seminole tribes.

In one of dozens of books he has authored on Southern history and culture, Cox writes, “December 1835 brought the event that frontier settlers of Florida most feared and yet helped cause: a new Seminole war. To be fair, in the minds of the Seminole, Miccosukee, and Maroon people, the previous conflict never ended. In fact, many Native Americans view the 1812-1858 wars with the United States as a single long encounter. In truth – although historians usually distinguish between the First, Second and Third Seminole Wars – they are correct.”

Cox managed TV news operations for many years in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and elsewhere. Since retiring, he spends most of his time trying to help rural communities and people, a Shade Tobacco Museum news release states. Cox is also the creator/operator of the acclaimed website TwoEgg.TV.

Cox’s presentation Saturday is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (850) 510-4979.

Special to The Herald