Invitation to FIAME's Annual Book Talk, "Freedomland USA!" on Thursday, December 12th

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Thursday, December 12th at 5:30 pm at the Morris Park Community Center at 1824 Bronxdale Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10462. Please Come and Bring Your Friends, You Don't Have To Be A Member To Attend! “Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History” - Tale Of America’s History-Themed Park In The Bronx.

Our featured author is Michael Virgintino, who wrote Freedomland USA, The Definitive History. Mr. Virgintino will be bringing Freedomland memorabilia and handouts. He will also be bringing books to purchase and to sign, a great idea for a Christmas gift! Feel free to bring family and friends! Light refreshments will be served.

The Story of America's Park

After being fired by Walt Disney, the flamboyant C.V. Wood brought his hard-won experience as the self-titled "master builder of Disneyland" east, to a marsh in the Bronx, where in 1960 he unveiled his greatest project, a doomed theme park to tell the history of America: Freedomland.

Wood's efforts to build his "Disneyland of the East," a themed collection of lands that presented epic moments in American history as thrill rides, shows, and live action, were plagued from the start by politics, cost overruns, and financial chicanery. Despite these obstacles, the park prospered—until its big-money backers (as they had planned from the start) pulled the plug and cleared the land for lucrative urban development.

Through a well-researched narrative, personal and newspaper accounts, interviews, and exclusive photos, journalist and author Michael R. Virgintino presents the definitive history of Freedomland, from the people behind its creation, and the executives, entertainers, and sponsors who kept it running, to in-depth looks at each of its historically themed lands, and an analysis of the park's inevitable bankruptcy in 1964.

Unlike Disneyland, the story of Freedomland does not have a happily ever after, but theme park fans will not want to miss this captivating but cautionary tale of America's park.

Joanne Rubino, Forum of Italian American Educators


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