About Joan Mickelson, Ph.D.

the author, 2013Joan Mickelson is a Hollywood, Florida pioneer by birth. Her parents, Lamora and Tony Mickelson, were among the first residents of the new city. Both worked for J. W. Young’s Hollywood Land and Water Company.

Lamora Gleason on roof of Hollywood Beach Hotel, 1925

Lamora Gleason on roof of Hollywood Beach Hotel, 1925




In the East Marsh, Hollywood's future Lakes Section

Tony Mickelson surveying the future Lakes Section in Hollywood, FL, 1923-24






Joan received her A.B. from Harvard University where she studied Romance Languages and the History of Art.  She has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard, both in Art History with a focus on the period around the turn of the 20th Century. For more than 30 years she was a museum curator and then director in art and history museums. As a biographer, she has written about numerous artists and a book, Hilla Rebay, the founding director of the Guggenheim Museum. She recently published A Guide to Historic Hollywood: A Tour Through Place and Time.  Her current book is Joseph W. Young, Jr. and the City Beautiful. A Biography of the Founder of Hollywood, Florida. Young_cover

For more information about Joan please visit her website.

Contact her at joanmickelsonphd@yahoo.com

2 Responses to About Joan Mickelson, Ph.D.

  1. Jay Martin says:

    Reading your articles on the city of Hollywood Florida were like finding treasure.

  2. Shirley Burrell Murray says:

    Joan, I just registered to receive your blog. Looking forward to many informative blogs about the places where I grew up, too. Thanks for sharing what we may never have known about the places we love – Hollywood – Dania.

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