The story of the Fountain of Youth has proved to be amazingly long-lived and multi-cultural, beginning with the accounts of Herodotus who described a fountain located in Ethiopia that was reputed to give exceptional longevity to those who bathed in its waters. Myths of a magical fountain also appear in the Alexander Romances and in popular culture throughout Asia. A similar story of a legendary fountain was circulated among the indigenous people of the Caribbean and recounted in Antonio de Herrera's chronicle of the voyage of Ponce de León published in the early 1600s. Among the many storied locations of the Fountain, Florida is definitely high on the list of possibilities.
Presented by Mallory O'Connor. A Professor of Art History Emerita at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, and current President of oconnorartLLC, Mallory O’Connor has spent the past forty years teaching, lecturing and writing about art. Trained as an artist, an art historian and a journalist, Mallory has also worked as a gallery curator, exhibit designer and grant writer. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Masters in American History and a Master of Fine Arts in Art History from Ohio University. She has taught art history at the university of Florida and at Santa Fe College and is the recipient of numerous fellowships including three individual scholars grants from the Florida Humanities Council. Her curatorial experience includes temporary and traveling exhibitions, research and documentation, and promotional and programming materials. Her multiple accomplishments and her network of professional contacts support the range of services that she can offer.
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