Saint Augustine Historical Society Events 

The St. Augustine Historical Society hosts a variety of events and lectures throughout the year.  Keep checking back for updates

Upcoming Events

"Privateers of the Americas"
Dr. David Head
May 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Flagler Room, Flagler College
"The Map That Would Not Settle: Ledger Art in St. Augustine"
Jeanette Vigliotti, MA
June 6, 2017

Past Events

 "Finding the First Colonists: Profiles from Sixteenth-Century St. Augustine"
Dr. Michael Francis
March 31, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Virginia Room, Flagler College

"Alexander Darnes: Florida's First African American Physician"

Charles Tingley, Senior Research Librarian 

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

6:30 pm

Southeast Branch of the Public Library

6670 US 1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086




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.



"Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting”

March 2, 2017

6:30 pm

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.

Annual Meeting St. Augustine Historical Society Speaker Series
"Infill Design in Historic Districts"

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Flagler Room, Flagler College

74 King Street, St. Augustine, Fl 32084


Reservations are not required. Seating is a first come, first served basis. 

For more information, please click here.

St. Augustine Historical Society Speaker Series
"A History of Anastasia Island"
Susan Parker, Ph.D.
October 18, 2016
7:00 pm
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. 
Susan R. Parker holds a Ph.D. in the colonial history of the Americas.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Seating is a first come, first served basis. 

The First Three Wooden Forts
The Saint Augustine Historical Society invites you to attend the unveiling of the historic marker "ST AUGUSTINE ON ANASTASIA ISLAND" on September 8, 2016, at 11:00 A.M. in the open field (overflow parking lot) just north of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm (999 Anastasia Boulevard).

Through the generosity of the Alligator Farm and Mr. David Drysdale, the Society is able to place this marker in a highly visible and easily accessed location.

The First Three Wooden Forts by Eugene Lyon contextualizes the importance of this marker.
The First Three Wooden Forts.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [5.0 MB]

SAHS Speaker Series


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.

Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Flagler Room, Flagler College
74 King Street

Book Talkback and Signing

The St. Augustine Historical Society will host James Huffstodt author of Lincoln's Bold Lion: The Life and Times of Brigadier General Martin Davis Hardin at a talk and book sigining in the Courtyard of the Historical Society's Research Library at 12 Aviles Street on Friday March 4, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.


Before Hardin and his wife contributed to historical preservation in St. Augustine, the he attended West Point Military Academy and was a front line participant during the Civil War. His service took him to the lesser known Penisula Campaign, the battle of Big Round Top at Gettysburg, and various other skirmishes. Hoffstodt infuses a narrative voice into his historical research in order to bring Hardin's experiences to life. 


Mr. Huffstodt will also give a presentation on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00 the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. The focus of that presentation will expand on General Hardin’s military career to include his involvement in Catholicism and his wife, Amelia’s connection to the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine.


Admission is free and open the public.


When: Friday, March 4, 2016

Where: Courtyard at the Research Library, 12 Aviles Street

SAHS Speaker Series

"Floors and Walls of a Spanish Colonial Building: 2015 excavations at the Jose Tovar House"
Herschel Shepard, FAIA, and Kathleen Deagan, Ph.D.,

When: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Flagler Room, Flagler College

SAHS Speaker Series

We will hold our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Virginia Room at 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.



When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Virginia Room, Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College

Second Lecture for the 2015 SAHS Speaker Series

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. Masters the second speaker for the 2015 SAHS Series. For more information about the series, click here.


When: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King Street

First Lecture for 2015 SAHS Speaker Series 
On Monday, October 12, 2015, at 7:00 pm the St. Augustine Historical Society presents Jim Stege's "Florida's First Filling Stations" which is the first lecture of our 2015 Speaker Series. 
When: Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King Street 


Images of America: Vilano and the North Beaches Book Signing 
On Saturday, August 8, 2015, the St. Augustine Historical Society will host a book signing. Attendees will be able to purchase copies of Vilano and the North Beaches and meet the authors. 
When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Oldest House Museum Store, 14 St. Francis Street


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