Dr. Eusebio Leal, Cuba’s leading preservationist who is lauded for saving the country’s Habana Vieja district, will give a talk on his lifelong endeavors. “He is dynamic and daring in his passionate commitment to preserve Havana,” said Dr. Leslee Keys, Flagler College’s director of historic preservation. “He has become legendary in his work”.
There are parallels between the rise of the preservation movement in Cuba as well as in St. Augustine and the greater United States. Dr. Leal began his work in Havana just as St. Augustine completed its’ 400th Anniversary. Leal’s visit is an opportunity to learn from the renowned historian and to showcase historic St. Augustine — a town that arguably shares Havana’s colonial evolution.
The event, sponsored by the college’s Public History program and Humanities Department, is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first served. If you have a disability or need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. For general information about the event, call (904) 819-6205.