Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Caladesi Island Memoir Wins Preservation Award

UT Press is proud to announce that Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise: The Story of Caladesi Island by Myrtle Scharrer Betz won a 2009 Florida Preservation Award. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation made the award "in recognition of the significant achievement in the preservation of Florida's rich heritage." The Trust designated the award to Myrtle's book specifically in recognition of "Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Preservation Education/Media."

The author, sadly, is no longer with us, but her granddaughter Terry Fortner attended the awards ceremony, with her husband Bob, in West Palm Beach on May 15. Terry and her sister, Suzanne Thorp, worked closely with the staff of the UT Press to make this new and enlarged edition of the book a reality. This award recognizes all of their good work as much as it does Myrtle's own wonderful story of her life on Caladesi Island.

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