Susan Parker, Ph.D., executive director of the St. Augustine Historical Society and a former historian and preservation consultant with the Florida Department of State, will give a presentation on the research she has conducted on the four religious objects that have been on display in the “Unburied Treasure of St. Augustine” exhibit. The presentation is entitled “Unburied Treasure of St. Augustine – Sacred Vessels on loan from Boston Museum of Fine Arts”.
The four objects on display are:
• Standing Cup about 1750-1800 silver
• Paten 18th century gilt silver
• Chalice (cáliz) about 1600 gilt silver
• Ciborium 18th century silver bowl; copper or bronze baluster bowl with lid, stem and foot
These sacred vessels have been in Boston for the past 135 years, but were discovered in 1879 by workers in a St. Augustine citrus grove. The four religious objects made of silver hollow ware date back to the 1600s and may be among the earliest surviving items used in Christian worship in the United States.
Dr. Parker’s research attempts, funded by a grant from the St. Augustine Foundation, have been to unravel the mystery surrounding these objects. She explores several questions, such as; Why the objects were buried in St. Augustine? How long were they there? Who put them there and why? And what is the provenance (chain of ownership and location) of these items?
The public is invited to attend the presentation and view the exhibit.