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Celebrating Summer

What a significant year 2019 is for anniversaries. The DeSoto team struggled to narrow down our choices for this celebratory issue because so many events affecting local, national, even world history are being remembered this year.
I’m often asked why DeSoto Magazine explores the South, and not just DeSoto County. Our namesake is Hernando DeSoto, who was the first European to explore this region and to cross the Mississippi River. This spring marked the 480th anniversary of DeSoto’s landing in Tampa Bay and his subsequent journey through 10 Southern states. I was fortunate to witness the 80th annual reenactment of the landing last spring and even tried on a cuirass, the heavy armor for the torso that Spanish explorers wore. Read more about the DeSoto National Memorial Park near Bradenton, Florida, in Exploring Destinations.
Closer to home, both the city of Memphis and The Peabody Hotel have reached important milestones. All year long, Memphis is celebrating its 200th birthday and the party continues this fall as Shelby County marks its 200th. And what would Memphis be without its iconic Peabody Hotel, which opened its doors in 1869. Writer Jill Gleeson provides a rundown on all the upcoming festivities.
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is in the news this month, but many people do not realize the crucial role space centers around the South played in the extraordinary event. One of the closest – the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama – established the first space camp so ordinary citizens could experience space walking like writer Verna Gates recently did.
Finally, summer celebrations should include milkshakes, and writer Pam Windsor found some of the best frozen concoctions in the South.
We wish you a spectacular summer of fun and celebrations.

Happy reading!
Mary Ann