With the nation marking its 233rd birthday this weekend, we thought it was time to catch up with one of our local historians, Jim Schnur, 44. Schnur, special collections librarian at USF St. Petersburg, is also past president of the Pinellas County Historical Society.
What is on your nightstand?
History of Pinellas County by W. L. Straub and John Bethell's Pinellas: A Brief History of the Lower Point. Another good book I'm reading is An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century by Jack E. Davis of the University of Florida. It's a look at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and her environmental consciousness. It's a biography, but the Everglades is always part of the book's narrative.
When it comes to patriotic reading, what would you recommend?
The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America by Raymond Arsenault. It's not just a biography and a book on civil rights history, but it shows how we can learn from the past.
Piper Castillo, email@example.com