Upcoming Appearance in Lake County

Lake County Courthouse
Lake County Courthouse in Tavares, FL

I have just today confirmed an appearance with the Lake County Historical Society at their Artists and Authors event taking place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10-2p. I will have copies of all three of my books available for purchase. This should be a fun event. LCHS has some great volunteers and they usually attract a strong crowd. I missed their recent Museum by Moonlight event but heard it was a fantastic time.


The Lake County Historical Society operates the museum in the Lake County Courthouse located on the ground floor at 317 W. Main Street in downtown Tavares.  My dear friend Bob Grenier serves as Curator and has done a tremendous job. If you haven’t visited you are missing out.

I hope to see you there!


Secrets of Spanish Florida on PBS

Premiering on PBS tonight:

The documentary “Secrets of Spanish Florida” was funded in part by the St. Augustine Historical Society. They also contributed to the research for the project. Be sure to catch the premiere Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS. For more information, click here.





Deltona Authors Book Fair

I hope you are able to attend. I will be sharing a table with my good friend Bob Grenier. We will both have multiple history books available for sale and we would love to meet and talk with you. This event will be taking place on Saturday, October 28 from 1p-4p at the Deltona Library; 2150 Eustace Avenue in Deltona.

To learn more, visit the Facebook page for this event.


Click the link below to view a copy of the event poster.

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My New Book Release: New Smyrna Beach (Postcard History Series)

My new book from Arcadia Publishing will be released next week, September 26, 2016!

New Smyrna Beach (Postcard Series)
New Smyrna Beach (Postcard History Series)

You may order copies at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other online retailers. If you live in the New Smyrna Beach area please feel free to stop at the New Smyrna Museum of History to purchase a signed copy. Your purchase will benefit the museum. You may also order a signed copy directly from me. Copies directly from me will cost $20 including shipping. Please pay by paypal: Robert at robertreddhistorian dot com. Be sure to let me know which book you are ordering (I have three out now and all cost $20 each), how you would like it signed, and where I am sending it to.

In addition, I will be at Renewals: A Bookshop on Friday, October 7 from 11am until 1pm. Stop buy, purchase a book, and browse Debbie’s great shop. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a signing or know of somebody who would. I have two New Smyrna Beach titles and my third book deals with St. Augustine and the Civil War. I would be glad to attend your event!

In the mean time, here’s a trailer that Arcadia has put together. Enjoy!

New St. Augustine Historical Society Marker to be Placed

The Saint Augustine Historical Society invites you to attend the unveiling of the historic marker “ST AUGUSTINE ON ANASTASIA ISLAND” on September 8, 2016, at 11:00 A.M. in the open field (overflow parking lot) just north of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm (999 Anastasia Boulevard).

Through the generosity of the Alligator Farm and Mr. David Drysdale, the Society is able to place this marker in a highly visible and easily accessed location.


St. Augustine, the oldest European-settled city in the United States, was located on Anastasia Island from 1566 until 1572. Spanish settlers had founded the city on the west shore of the Matanzas River on Sept. 8, 1565. They built homes and a fort. The fort and the supplies inside burned. On May 18, 1566, a council voted to relocate the city to the barrier island across from the first location. St. Augustine moved to the barrier island for protection from hostile Native Americans and European enemies entering the port. Documents describe in detail the city’s 6-year presence on the island–two forts, government buildings, barracks, a jail, homes, wells and fields for crops. No physical evidence has yet been found. Quarrying in the 17th and 18th centuries and erosion probably destroyed the remnants of the city on the island. Sixteenth-century reports note that the island city was two leagues (5-6 miles) from a strong house on San Julian Creek, placing the city in this general area of high ground and near the 16th-century inlet. The relentless ocean eroded the town’s location. In 1572 St. Augustine returned to the mainland.

Upcoming Presentation

I would like to thank the Arthur Erwin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their invitation to speak to their group. I will be speaking on New Smyrna Beach history.

The meeting will take place on Friday, March 10, 2017 at noon. The meeting will be held at The Cloisters of Deland. Please click the link for details as to location.

I will have copies of all three of my books available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

19th Annual Tybee Island Tour of Homes May 14

The 19th Annual Tybee Island Tour of Homes to be held May 14

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. – Tybee Island will host the 19th annual Tybee Island Tour of Homes May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $35 each and lunch is included in the price of the ticket.

Guests can begin at the home of their choice and will be given a map, along with a list of homes, located on the back of the ticket. Tickets for this event can be purchased online or picked up at Chu’s Department Store, Saints and Shamrocks, or Seaside Sisters. Lunch will be served at Tybee Island Maritime Academy charter school and money raised from the tour will go to benefit the school.

For more information about the Tybee Island Tour of Homes visit tybeetourofhomes.com. For media information, contact Hannah Burnsed, Visit Tybee communications coordinator, at HBurnsed@VisitTybee.com or 912.704.8108.

Odds and Ends to Catch Up On

My apologies for the lack of posts recently. My book writing has kept me busy as of late. This week I submitted the manuscript and photos for my third book to Arcadia Publishing. This book will be in their Postcard History series and will cover the city of New Smyrna Beach. I found some great cards and I really think people will enjoy seeing the New Smyrna of yesterday. I don’t have a publication date yet but as soon as I do, I will let you, my readers, know.

Click here to see a PDF of the cover: A Postcard History of New Smyrna Beach

In addition, I have scheduled a talk on my recent book, Historic Sites and Landmarks of New Smyrna Beach,   also published by Arcadia. On Saturday, April 16 at 2pm I will be speaking at Debary Hall as part of their Lemonade Lectures series. If you haven’t visited Debary Hall, you have missed a great trip.

I have a conference call scheduled for early next week with acquisitions editors from Arcadia to discuss ideas for my next book. I have put forth several ideas so I am sure we will cover the merits of each, which they find most marketable, and which I prefer to work on. I’m sure the call will be productive.

Upcoming Events November 13-19, 2015

Sorry it’s a bit late but here are a few options to make your weekend enjoyable.

The Spacecoast Postcard Club will be holding a show this Saturday in Rockledge. Admission is $3 or click on the link and print a $1 off coupon. I plan on being there at some point.

The 39th Annual Daytona Greek Festival will be held over the entire weekend at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy music, dancing, and plenty of food.

If you live in Ormond Beach check the 7th Annual Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival.  The event runs both Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

The Volusia County Fair closes on Sunday. Click the link for an entertainment schedule and for pricing.

On Thursday, November 19 the New Smyrna Museum of History will present Zach Zacharias from the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. He will be discussing Lost Roadside Attractions. Zach is a popular local speaker so it should be a great event. Free admission though donations are appreciated. The talk starts at 6:30pm.

Upcoming Events November 7-14, 2015

Here are a few upcoming events in the Central Florida area that might be of interest to you. If you know of others, or have an event you would like to promote, please let me know. I’d be glad to list it.

Saturday, November 7 9a-5p 1st Annual New Smyrna Beach Antique and Vintage Market. This will take place on Canal Street. Click here to see the poster for the event. For more information call 386-426-7825.

Sunday, November 8 at 2pm the Menorcan Cultural Society of St. Augustine will hold the annual Menorcan Walk. The walk will start at the Father Camps statue at the Cathedral (corner of St. George and Cathedral Place) and will proceed to Tolomato Cemetery. They are asking that you arrive by 1:30pm and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

Thursday, November 12 at 1:30 the New Smyrna Museum of History presents Andrew Foster. Mr. Foster is the great grandson of Charles Coe. Coe was an author, historian, collector, newspaper publisher, and more. The Glencoe area of New Smyrna Beach is named for the Coe family. Mr. Coe will be presenting family history and will have artifacts on display. The event is free but donations are appreciated.

Saturday, November 14 from 9a-5p the Space Coast Post Card Club will be sponsoring a show at the Knights of Columbus building located at 3435 S. Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge. Admission is $3 or get a $1 coupon from the website. Call 321-720-1379 for further details.

Saturday, November 14 at 9:30a the Ormond Beach Historical Society presents Dan Friend who will be discussing DeLand Tug Boats. 42 N. Beach Street in Ormond Beach. Call 386-677-7005 for details. $2 admission for non members.