Speaker series to showcase Florida history, culture

The Lightner Museum will host a new Humanities Speaker Series program in 2018.

 

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council, the series will include four engaging talks and performances focusing on Florida’s history, culture and people.

The series will touch on a wide range of topics including a historical journey to Florida colonial life, a dive into the cultural lore of our state’s lush springs, and an exploration of manatees — Florida’s beloved sea cows.

Admission to each program is $10. Lightner Museum members and Flagler College students are free.

For tickets, go to lightnermuseum.org/speaker-series. All programs will be hosted at Lightner Museum’s Historic Pool Area, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Humanities Speaker Series Schedule

6:30 p.m., Feb. 8

Michael Francis from University of South Florida presents “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 1513–1607.” The talk will focus on the early history of European settlement efforts in Florida and how it continues to impact the region today. Having recently celebrated the 450th anniversary of its own settlement, the city of St. Augustine is particularly well-suited for Dr. Francis’s talk.

6:30 p.m., March 8

Diana Reigelsperger will present “Settlers of the Spanish Frontier: Canary Islanders in Colonial Florida.” A presentation on the unique history of the Canary Islanders and their role in colonizing the New World for Spain. Their presence can be traced throughout the southern regions, however Reigelsperger will focus more specifically on their legacy in Florida.

6:30 p.m., April 12

Brendan Burke will present “Florida’s Fleet: A Boatbuilding and Fishing Legacy from the First Coast.” Burke, from the St. Augustine Lighthouse, will guide the audience through the development of a unique shipping vessel developed in the 20th century right here in Northeast Florida and how its impact it still being realized today. The presentation will shed light on an integral part of the region’s economy and lifestyle.

6:30 p.m., May 10

Steve Noll will present “The Spanish Legacy of Florida.” Noll, from the University of Florida, will help audiences more fully understand the historical and cultural significance of the early colonial period. Though St. Augustine is a city that fully embraces its Spanish heritage, this presentation will deepen participant’s understanding and appreciation of this historical connection.

For information, call 824-2874 or go to lightner.org.

 

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