2016-2017 Speaker Series

All programs are free and open to the public. Seating is a first-come, first-served basis.

A History of Anastasia Island

Susan Parker, PhD

October 18, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

Anastasia Island was home to St. Augustine's early Spanish town for 6 years.  Follow "A History of Anastasia Island" through more than four centuries of maps, drawings and photographs with Dr. Susan Parker. 

Infill Design in Historic Districts

Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President of REG Architects, Inc.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Flagler College, Flagler Room

On Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00 Ann Browning Masters will present "Being There: St. Augustine Before and After 1964." The presentation is a dramatic reading from Masters' poetry book Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine. Rize Cole, Gerald Eubanks, Margaret Kaler, Kelly McTaggart, and Murrel Weissinger will join Ann Browning Masters for the presentation. The "Being There: St. Augustine Before and After 1964" lecture will be held in the Flagler Room.

Valentino in the Oldest City: Silent Film-making in St. Augustine

Thomas Graham, PhD

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Flagler College, Flagler Room

 Following the Annual Meeting, Dr. Thomas Graham will present "Valentino in the Oldest City: Silent Film-making in St. Augustine." His lecture explores the silent film industry in the nation's oldest city. From 1906 to 1926, more than one hundred silent films were made in St. Augustine. During the early twentieth century, most movie companies were located in the New York City area. In the winter, the film companies would send crews to Florida to take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather. St. Augustine provided ready-made scenes for Europ and other exotic landscapes. Theda Bara became an overnight sensation for her "vamp movie" A Fool There Was. This was the first of four films she would make in St. Augustine. Other stars--such as Tom Mix, Ethel Barrymore, Oliver Hardy, and Rudolph Valentino--also appeared here.

Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting

Donn R. Colee Jr.

March 2, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

Learn about the people, the radio and television stations, and the events that built an industry and the state of Florida—with special emphasis on St. Augustine and Jacksonville—when historian Donn R. Colee Jr. presents his book, Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting. Much more than a parade of call letters and frequencies, the book intertwines the social history of the state from 1922 through present day.

 

Michael Gannon, Distinguished History Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, said: “You did a great service to Florida with your book. I do not know of a state industry that has been analyzed as intelligently as your volume has done. Bravo!”

 

Colee is a seventh-generation Floridian—a member of the Colee family that settled in St. Augustine in 1820. He is a second-generation Florida broadcaster. His father was a teenage disc jockey at WFOY in the mid-1940s, and Donn Jr. followed in his footsteps at Orlando’s top-rated rock ‘n’ roll radio station in the 1960s. After service in the US Navy, he worked in the advertising and public relations field before resuming his broadcasting career at the CBS television station in West Palm Beach, working in marketing, community relations and management positions. He is a member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters, St. Augustine Historical Society, Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. He resides in Palm Beach Gardens.


Reception and book signing begins at the Flagler Room at 6:30 p.m. March 2, with the PowerPoint-illustrated presentation at 7:00.

Alexander Darnes: Florida's First African American Physician

Charles A. Tingley, Senior Research Librarian 

February 2, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Southeast Branch of the Public Library

This talk will focus on Dr. Alexander Hanson Darnes, who was taken as a teenager to a U.S. Army cavalry post in the West, went through the Civil War as the personal valet of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, gained freedom through Emancipation, sued for his right to vote, took a medical degree, stood up for equal rights on public transportation, and served the community as Florida's first African American physician.

Privateers of the Americas

David Head, PhD

May 9, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

Two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, then still a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. Drawn from my book Privateers of the Americas, the presentation will tell the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, Gregor MacGregor and Louis-Michel Aury, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United State intervened to chase them away.

The Map that Would Not Settle: Ledger Art in St. Augustine

Jeanette Vigliotti, MA

June 12, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

The Plains Indian ledger art produced 1860s to the 1920s must also be examined alongside the rise of modernity. As trade increased, Plains Indians had greater access to paper goods, pencils, and ink fountain pens. Artists often layered new sketches on top of ledger books, creating portable documents. This talk will explore the nature of the ledger art produced at Fort Marion by the incarcerated Plains Indians in the late 1800s. Although the Plains Indians were under constant surveillance at Fort Marion, the art itself resists the logics of modernity and standardization, values that were actively reinforced during their imprisonment.

2015-2016 Speaker Series

All programs are free and open to the public. Seating is a first-come, first-served basis.

Fillling Stations of the Past

James Stege, AIA, MFA

Monday, October 12, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

Being There: St. Augustine Before and After 1964

Anne Browning Masters

Monday, November 9, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

On Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00 Ann Browning Masters will present "Being There: St. Augustine Before and After 1964." The presentation is a dramatic reading from Masters' poetry book Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine. Rize Cole, Gerald Eubanks, Margaret Kaler, Kelly McTaggart, and Murrel Weissinger will join Ann Browning Masters for the presentation. The "Being There: St. Augustine Before and After 1964" lecture will be held in the Flagler Room.

Valentino in the Oldest City: Silent Film-making in St. Augustine

Thomas Graham, PhD

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Virginia Room, Flagler College

 Following the Annual Meeting, Dr. Thomas Graham will present "Valentino in the Oldest City: Silent Film-making in St. Augustine." His lecture explores the silent film industry in the nation's oldest city. From 1906 to 1926, more than one hundred silent films were made in St. Augustine. During the early twentieth century, most movie companies were located in the New York City area. In the winter, the film companies would send crews to Florida to take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather. St. Augustine provided ready-made scenes for Europ and other exotic landscapes. Theda Bara became an overnight sensation for her "vamp movie" A Fool There Was. This was the first of four films she would make in St. Augustine. Other stars--such as Tom Mix, Ethel Barrymore, Oliver Hardy, and Rudolph Valentino--also appeared here.

Floors and Walls of a Spanish Colonial Building: 2015 Excavations at the Jose Tovar House

Herschel Shepard, FAIA, and Kathleen Deagan, Ph.D.,

Monday, February 29, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

  

 

The Signature of the Chief

Susan R. Parker

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Flagler Room, Flagler College

Executive Director of the St. Augustine Historical Society Dr. Susan R. Parker will present "The Signature of the Chief" on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Flagler Room at Flagler College. Chief Francisco Jospogue moved into St. Augustine near the end of life. His clear signature concludes a request to the king to reward long service to Spain. His petition and church records allow us to follow him and his family for 100 years, when the territorial contest in the Southeast between England and Spain ensnared all.

 

 

 

 

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