UWF history professor's book is a guide to regional heritage

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Dr. Brian Rucker, inset, recommends visiting Baker Block Museum, shown in the background, and Heritage Park, among other regional cultural sites.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — School's out and the kids are screaming for something to do. Dr. Brian Rucker has a suggestion: Take a drive into our regional heritage.

The University of West Florida history professor's recently published "Treasures of the Panhandle: A Journey Through West Florida" is more than a lively history lesson.

"It's a guide for eco and heritage tourism," Rucker said. "It's a celebration of the place we call home."

Rucker said his book fills the void left by other Florida guides.

"Every time you read a book about Florida, it always stops at Tallahassee," he said. "I got tired of our area being the bastard stepchild of Florida. We have a long history here."

Local sites

Without leaving Okaloosa County, cultural tourists can choose from many destinations, beginning with the Carver-Hill Museum in Crestview and Baker Block Museum.

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