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Fall 2024 Lecture Series / Excursion



The series begins Friday, September 13, 2024
at 10am


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 
2301 Deltona Blvd.,  Spring Hill, F L


$ 80

Lectures begin promptly at 10:00 AM and lasts for 2 hours.  There is a 15 minute intermission.   

Donations /Gifts

Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to Academia Hernando, please send a check to Bev Nuzzi, 15027 Middle Fairway Drive, Brooksville, FL 34609

How to Register

Print the registration form below and mail with your check for $80 payable to Academia Hernando, Inc.

and mail to:

Bev Nuzzi

15027  Middle Fairway Drive

Brooksville, FL 34609

Important: The Registration Form must be included with your Check.
Your cancelled check is your receipt.


Fall 2023 Presentations

Henry VIII and Elizabeth: England's Most Famous Monarchs


Sept. 13 10am

King Henry VIII is most famous for his six wives and all the palace intrigue surrounding his reign. His daughter Elizabeth I is famous for saving England from invasion and establishing it as one of the most powerful nations in sixteenth century Europe. The facts surrounding both of these dynamic and controversial rulers are fascinating as well as compelling. Join us for this lively and enjoyable presentation given by Robert Jacob who will appear in costume!

Presenter Bio:

Robert Jacob

With a lifelong passion for history, Robert Jacob has been heavily involved in living history interpretation and reenacting for over 40 years.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Duquesne University and a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and served in the United States Marine Corps for 31 years.

Robert lectures on a variety of history subjects, especially pirates. He has regularly presented topics on pirates at the Tampa Bay History Center, for the Other Lifelong Learning Institute, and for the Academia Hernando. He has also appeared on the History Channel’s series “Beyond Oak Island” as an expert on pirates.

Living in a Work of Art: A Frank Lloyd Wright House


Sept. 20 - 10am

What adjectives come to mind when describing a Frank Lloyd Wright house?

Unconventional, Natural, Organic, Beautiful, perhaps Serene. Wright was a master at controlling space and light, creating works of art for his clients. He controlled their emotions, simplified their lives, and created a lasting connection to nature. Explore the secrets of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

Presenter Bio:

Mark Tlachac

Mark Tlachac is a Frank Lloyd Wright Enthusiast and Lecturer. After retiring from a successful business career, Mark has devoted his time to travel and his passion for architecture, notably the architecture  of Frank Lloyd Wright. He is the retired Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitors Center at Florida Southern College where he produced a video of the "Child of the Sun" campus, the largest single site collection of Wright architecture in the world. His travels have taken him to most Wright sites across the United States. He now lectures about Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.



Sept. 27 - 10am

A local beekeeper (Legacy Honey Company) will talk about the process of making honey. He will bring live queen bees to pass around, and honey to sell. He is the son of Helen Martin, a long-time subscriber to Academia Hernando.

Presenter Bio:

Matthew Beck

Bio to come.

The Greatest Generation Goes to War


Oct. 4 - 10am

Presenter Bio:

James Goeb

James Goeb (Gabe) will focus on Turning Points of WWII and the Homefront. Each 45-minute session will have a PowerPoint presentation, a trivia game or activity, and some videos. He will also bring memorabilia, almost a mini museum!

James has bachelor's and master's degrees from USF. He taught history classes at the high school level for 39 years and was a founder of the Hillsborough County Holocaust Studies Program. Places he has been in Europe include Normandy, Auschwitz, Dachau, and other WWII and Holocaust sites. He currently works at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Maestros of Movie Musicals


Oct. 11 - 10am

Composers such as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hammerstein...their contributions to musicals.

Presenter Bio:

Beth Davey

Beth Davey has been an OLLI instructor in Asheville and Tampa for the past eight
years. Her love of movie musicals has inspired classes that explore this film genre
through its development, its composers and its dancers. A native of Philadelphia, Beth
has also taught classes on the city’s museums. She is a retired writer and marketing
communications’ professional.

A Land Remembered


Oct. 18 - 10am

Ross and Amber Lamoreaux tell the story of "A Land Remembered" by Patrick D. Smith. A rough, tough folksy Florida saga about three generations of the Macivey family (1858-1968) who grew from dirt-poor Cracker ranchers to Miami real estate tycoons. The presenters will appear in pioneer costumes and bring books to sell.

Presenter Bio:

Ross & Amber Lamoreaux

Bios to come

Why Did We Wear That? Learn How Clothing Reflects Cultural Values


Oct. 25 - 10am

Clothing choices present the economic and social standing of individuals, but what happens when traditionally acceptable garments are challenged by new ideas and technology? Philosophies and belief systems can indeed change what we wear, as well as those choices being influenced by time, location, and resources.

Presenter Bio:

Professor Emeritus Gretchen Vaughn

Having learned to sew as a farm kid in 4-H, Gretchen turned this hobby into a career. After
gaining two graduate degrees from Syracuse University, she began university teaching in
Wisconsin before settling in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. She tried retiring three
times from Northern Kentucky University before it finally took in 2022! Serving as Professor or
Program Director for 14 Cooperative Center for Study Abroad programs in London over the
decades honed her interest in all things British. This culminated with a solo five week trip to the
northern Highlands of Scotland, researching her MacKay ancestry and participating in the local
efforts for sustainability and education in 2022.

After 190 productions at professional and academic theatres as Costume Designer, teaching
Comparative Arts with its inclusion of architecture, art, music, history and cultural aesthetics has
brought her to presenting lectures for Academia Hernando and OLLI.

Ed Sullivan: American Master


Nov. 1 - 10am

Edward Vincent Sullivan became a journalist for the New York Daily news before becoming a television pioneer with the creation of his show "Toast of the Town" in 1948. Renamed "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1955, his unique program has been referred to as "the last great American TV show" and at 23 years, the longest running variety show ever. His impact on American culture cannot be overestimated as he introduced audiences to such iconic performers as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, and a sweet little Italian mouse named Topo Gigio. Sullivan literally ruled American Television on Sunday nights for decades and helped shape the medium of television as the social juggernaut it remains to this day.

Presenter Bio:

Rick Kistner

Rick Kistner returns for his tenth program with Academia Hernando.  A Pittsburgh area native, he is a Vietnam Era Air Force veteran and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Wright State University and an M.A. in Government from the University of Dayton as well as theatrical training from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center..  With well over 500 lectures delivered since 2006, his programs are based on his love of history and biography,  30 years experience in government and a nearly sixty years experience as a performing artist on stage, films and TV commercials.  A voice artist as well, he can be heard reading many classics of literature on the Lit2go website.   He and his wife Karen have been married for 50 years and have three children and four grandchildren.  They have lived in Largo, Florida  since 1993

Bus Trip



Bus trip to Gainesville, FL to the Harn Museum and the adjoining Science Museum located on the University of Florida campus.

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