Steven Noll has been awarded the 2010 Rembert Patrick Award for the book Ditch of Dreams, which looks at the history of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. Officially cancelled in 1991, the canal would have connected the east and west coasts of Florida. Several portions of the canal were completed, such as this one south of Palatka.

Above: Steven Noll has been awarded the 2010 Rembert Patrick Award for the book Ditch of Dreams, which looks at the history of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. Officially cancelled in 1991 over environmental concerns, the canal would have connected the east and west coasts of Florida. Several portions of the canal were completed, such as this one south of Palatka.

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Senior Lecturer in Department of History wins Rembert W. Patrick Book Award

Dr. Steven Noll, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Dave Tegeder, Associate Professor of History at Santa Fe College, have been awarded the Florida Historical Society’s 2010 Rembert Patrick Award for their book, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida's Future.

Published by the University of Florida Press, Ditch of Dreams traces the long standing effort to build a canal across Florida. Published in 2009, the book has received numerous accolades. According to Cynthia Barnett, author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., Ditch of Dreams "Offers timeless lessons about pork-barrel politics and the power of citizen-environmentalism. Most important, it reminds us that today’s economic coup may well be tomorrow's environmental crisis.”

Noted historian Frederick Rowe Davis adds that the book "ties the exploitation of the Ocklawaha to Florida history across nearly two centuries. Moreover, they bring to life the personalities of canal supporters and detractors, including such dynamic individuals as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Claude Pepper, and Marjorie Harris Carr."

The award was named in honor of the late Rembert W. Patrick, longtime University of Florida history professor and author of the acclaimed book Florida Under Five Flags and other important works.

The award will be presented to Drs. Noll and Tegeder at the Society’s Annual Meeting in St. Augustine on May 27. The Florida Historical Society was founded in 1856.

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