With St. Augustineâ€™s official commemoration of its 450th anniversary now just months away, Flagler College will bring Florida historian Dr. J. Michael Francis to discuss the cityâ€™s history and the ways in which its legacy is celebrated.
Francis, Professor of History and Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, will present a talk titled â€œSt. Augustineâ€™s 450th:Â History and Commemoration in Americaâ€™s Oldest Cityâ€ at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., presented as part of the Collegeâ€™s Ideas & Images series. Admission is free.
Francis will introduce some of the controversies and debates that have shaped our understanding of the period and the various ways in which it is remembered. â€œThis talk explores the early decades of the settlementâ€™s history and the legacy of its founder, Pedro MenÃ©ndez de AvilÃ©s,â€ he said.
A distinguished scholar of early Florida history, Francis served a four-year appointment as a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and as a research fellow at the Library of Congress. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appointed him as one of only two historians on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission. Francis also is curator of a traveling exhibit called â€œImagining La Florida: Ponce de Leon and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth.â€ His most recent book is â€œMurder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida.â€
The 2015 Ideas & Images series is entitled â€œFirst America:Â Exploring the Arts and Sciences of St. Augustine.â€ For a full listing of all 2015 Ideas & Image events, visit www.flagler.edu/ideasandimages.
Â The series is made possible through sponsors including: Flagler College, Joy McCann Foundation, Schultz Foundation, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Florida Humanities Council, St. Johns Cultural Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, St. Augustine Foundation and the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute, Casa Monica Hotel, Margaret Domini, Flagler College Bookstore and the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Hotel.
If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three daysâ€™ notice.