Program Details

Sticking your Toe in Florida History: What You Don't Know and Thought You Knew

Eliot Kleinberg
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The average South Floridian has been here for about ten minutes. And most of what they think they know is wrong! Longtime journalist, author, and lecturer Eliot Kleinberg explores the history of Florida, South Florida, and Palm Beach County. What you learn might surprise you! PowerPoint and handouts will enhance each lecture. Space is limited.


  1. Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care
  2. World War II in Florida
  3. Florida in the Civil War? Believe it!
  4. Prohibition in South Florida

About the Instructor

  • Eliot Kleinberg, born in South Florida, spent four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news, he also wrote extensively about Florida and Florida history and produced two weekly history columns. He has written more than a dozen books, all focusing on Florida. They include "Black Cloud," on the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, and two "Weird Florida" books. He runs a blog on bad writing and how to fix it called "Something Went Horribly Wrong.” He is a frequent lecturer and is a member of the Florida, South Florida, Palm Beach County and Boca Raton historical societies. The son of longtime prominent South Florida journalist Howard Kleinberg, he graduated Miami-area public schools and the University of Florida. He and his wife are the parents of two adult sons and live in suburban Boca Raton.