ABOVE: Photo of The Seminole Indians, special guest visitors to The Florida Spa. Richard Weinsier describes the experience of hearing them speak and sharing perspectives and information to further understanding between cultures.
LISTEN as Richard Weinsier describes the experience of hearing them speak and sharing perspectives and information to further understanding between cultures.
Richard Weinsier’s parents, Dr. Stanley Weinsier and Ruth Weinsier, started The Florida Health Conservatory in the 1930’s on 23 acres of land in South Orlando. At the Florida Spa Dr. S. C. Weinsier, a naturopathic physician and health pioneer supervised guests in the health practices of fresh and healthy natural foods, regular exercise, judicious sunbathing, sun and air, and complete physical and physiological rest.
(Text highlights from oral history interview with Richard Weinsier.)
You mentioned that some of the Seminole Indians would come…
We weren’t helping them they were helping us understand what they were doing and how some of the fighting started. And how they went to their reservations and what they were doing.
The Seminole Indians visiting the The Florida Spa photographed with Dr. Stanley Weinsier’s two sons, Roland Weinsier and Richard Weinsier, seated to the right.
show off their different costumes and things they would make. Maybe they would set up a little table. They would sell things. But it was mostly informative because people from New York had never really seen a real Indian to start with. So it was more how much can we teach people, learn about the area, and understand what’s going on.
The Seminole Indians visiting The Florida Spa pictured with spa owner, Ruth Weinsier.
So it’s just another opportunity to get the feel of the area and the feel of Florida….
Interview: Richard Weinsier
Interviewer: Jane Tracy
Date: November 8, 2014
Place: Belle Isle’s 90th Anniversary Celebration in Belle Isle, Florida.