Please join us for author and historian Bob Grenier and his latest book, Images of America: Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans. Bob will appear twice for this year's BookFest, on Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Paisley County Library and again on Thursday, March 13 in the City of Tavares Public Library.
This book serves as a memorial and tribute to those courageous veterans and their families who endured through this tumultuous time in American history. In the eloquent words of Captain John Jackson Dickison, “Florida may be justly proud of her gallant sons; wherever her standard has been borne, they have covered it with glory, and, with their heart’s blood, secured for her an honorable position among her sister States.” The audience will view vintage photographs compiled from historical societies and private collections throughout Central Florida.
Mr. Grenier is a former Vice Mayor and Councilman for the City of Tavares. He is an author, preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and Past President of the Lake County Historical Society and the Tavares Historical Society.
Bob is the author of The Gallant Captain Melton Haynes; Woodlea: Life on the Lake of the Dancing Sunbeams; Images of America: Tavares and Images of America: Leesburg both from Arcadia Publishing. . He is actively involved in the historical community, and belongs to several heritage organizations, including the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry re-enactors and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, where he was the first recipient of the "Distinguished Legionnaires Award".
In 2012, Bob received the “Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal”; the highest award presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. He is involved in many historical preservation and restoration projects including the saving of the Capt. Haynes Woodlea house. Bob, with the assistance of the Viva Florida 500 committee, created and mounted “The Story of Lake County” exhibit at the Lake County Administration Building.