Our area's cultural history was once handed down generation
by generation, by word of mouth. However, as time goes on these stories
become distorted and lose a lot of the original mystic they once had. In order
to preserve this valuable history, it's left to the dedicated historian
to collect and catalog these past events, in their most accurate content.
Darrel Bell, former FLGenWeb State Coordinator and former Seminole County Coordinator had the honor of being acquainted with such
an individual, this being Mr. Charlie Carlson. Mr. Carlson is an advocate of preserving the culture of the "Real Florida Cracker" through the stories of his family
He has indeed created an illustrious history of this
county utilizing his family's history. The talents of this Seminole County Historian and Author
is without doubt, no less than amazing. Preserving Seminole County's local history in its most
accurate format, is dependent of having excellent records to use.
Mr. Carlson has those records at his fingertips from the journals that were compiled by his mother,
Gladys E. Hawkins-Carlson.
"Gladys Elizabeth Hawkins-Carlson, 1917-1996", considered
it an honor to be called a "Real Florida Cracker". She lived her entire
life in the area of Lake Monroe, Florida and kept an extensive record of
her life in Seminole County. She was a story-teller of Florida Folklore
and chronicler of Florida folk-life. In 1979 she provided the narrative
for a series of Florida stories on cassette for children. She
had traveled to half of the United States, and had visited several European
countries. She is best remembered by close associates, as a notorious
of salt and pepper shakers; who had accumulated a huge collection of shakers
from all over the world."
Having been given permission to use some of these works
by Mr. Carlson, We hope to give an insight of Gladys E. Hawkins-Carlson's
description of the vanishing Folklore of the real Florida.