Beyond Tourism: America's Yesteryear

A blog of American History

About May 31, 2009

This blog was inspired by a class I took at USF. It was called Modern Florida and was taught by Dr.  Benowitz. I enjoyed the class a lot and thought that Florida has been underrepresented in the history department. So Dr. Benowitz if you ever read this blog, thanks for the idea.

I am a USF graduate with a B.A. in History.


9 Responses to “About”

  1. Lyra,

    Glancing over your blog, I realize there is a lot I don’t know about Florida. I’m looking forward to learning more about your state.

    • Lyra Says:

      Thanks! In school I’ve always noticed that Florida history has been a bit glossed over. Except for the class I took at USF. So this is my answer to that. I’m learning a lot myself.

  2. MadelineHere Says:

    Hi there!
    I was lucky enough to have a good history teacher in jumior high or high school – whenever it is that kids in Florida learned about history. Then there was my Cuban/Spanish father who loves history and loves to point out the Florida history that highly interwoven with Cuba and Spain.
    I am myself am forever explaining o anyone who will stop long enough to hear that I’m a “Cracker” based on the snap of a bullwhip – which I think is cool.
    I’m awfully proud of our Florida Cracker cows and Cracker Horses. And would love to tell you why they are so very very special – like no other horse or cow on the planet.
    Madeline –

  3. wiley Says:

    Would like to invite any of you who are interested to also join H-Florida at We are a low-impact listserv in which scholars, professionals and others with interest in Florida history and culture share ideas and ask questions.

    PS. Great site, would love to post it to the H-Florida list, if you don’t mind.

    • Lyra Says:

      I don’t mind at all. I’m rather flattered that you would consider my blog as something to list. I originally started this blog to show that my history degree was worth the money I spent on it and now paying back.

      I’m glad you enjoy it.

  4. You have a very, very nice history blog. Lots of good information and well presented. If I wore a hat it would be off to you.
    I have posted a link to a memoir about my 1950s apprentice to a muralist. It might be of some interest as it took place in the Lake Worth – Boynton Beach area.

    This link is to my blog about the Costa Rican railroad. [it’s optional]

    Keep up the good work. This is fascinating stuff.
    I’ve checked both boxes down below.

    Tenga buen dia. [have a good day]

  5. tatum Says:

    this is amazing. so much about florida, im actually looking at boynton beach property, is there a section about that area that i missed?

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