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Peter Demens Dementiev Founder of St. Petersburg in Florida C... by A. Sokolsky
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Jul 29, 14

bookshelves: read-2011, florida-books
Read in August, 2011

What a book! It's short but chock full of great information with documentation as to the beginnings of St. Petersburg, Florida. I wish the author had written more about the history of the area. Interesting, too, is the struggle the author had in getting one of the St. Petersburg founders, Peter Demens (Dementiev) , originally from Russia, recognized. A few years after getting recognition with a park and statue, a St, Petersburg centennial is celebrated in 1988. Instead of honoring the Russian founder the organizers cut loose with a political rally espousing pro-communist views of Russia and America that were entirely opposite of what the founder, Peter Demens, believed.
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