Free Speaker Series: 500 Years of Maritime Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse events begin June 28

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – “500 Years of Maritime Florida” is a free historical and archaeological speaker series that will be held at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum beginning this month and running through March 2019. See dates and details below.

To launch the series, Dr. Gifford Waters will speak about The Missions of St. Augustine on June 28 at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

Funding for this series is provided through a grant from The Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of The Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The event is free and open to the public. Due to historic nature of the event space, we have made special arrangements for people with disabilities and those with special needs.  We ask that those needing special accommodations call ahead. Please call Allyson Ropp at 904-829-0745, ext. 247 or email Allyson at   


All lectures begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

  • July 5: Andrea White – Archaeology in St. Augustine
  • July 11: Sarah Miller – Heritage Monitoring Scouts and Florida Cultural Heritage at Risk
  • July 17: LAMP Field School Student Forum
  • Sept. 13: Dr. Steve Noll – Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal & The Struggle for Florida’s Futures
  • Oct. 11: Chuck Meide – LAMP 2018 Field Work Update
  • Nov. 16: Dr. Michael Francis – Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607 **This program begins at 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 6: Brendan Burke – Shrimping in St. Augustine
  • February: Dr. Gregory Cook – Pensacola’s Maritime History
  • March 14: Dr. Gary Mormino – Florida and World War II


A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest Port®. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port® as symbolized by our working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. (


The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, and reinforce the education and public service roles of museums and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.  The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. (

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