The Humanities Speakers Series, a fascinating new program series presented by the Florida Humanities Council, is coming to the Lightner Museum in 2018! The series, beginning in February and ending in May, will be hosted in the Lightners’ historic Pool Area. The series will touch on a wide range of topics including a historical journey to Florida colonial life, a dive into the cultural lore of our state’s lush springs, and an exploration of manatees, Florida’s beloved sea cows.
February 8, 2018 – “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513”. Presented by Dr. Michael Francis from the University of South Florida, the talk will focus on the early history of European settlement efforts in Florida and how it continues to impact the region today. Having recently celebrated the 450th anniversary of its own settlement, Dr. Francis?s talk is particularly well-suited for the City of St. Augustine.
March 8, 2018 – “Settlers of the Spanish Frontier: Canary Islanders in Colonial Florida”. Dr. Diana Reigelsperger gives a presentation on the unique history of the Canary Islanders and their role in colonizing the New World for Spain. Their presence can be traced throughout the southern regions, however Dr. Reigelsperger will be focusing more specifically on their legacy in Florida.
April 12, 2018 – “Florida’s Fleet: A Boatbuilding and Fishing Legacy from the First Coast”. Mr. Brendan Burke, from the St. Augustine Lighthouse, will guide the audience through the development of a unique shipping vessel developed in the 20th century right here in Northeast Florida and how its impact it still being realized today. It will be an enlightening presentation that will shed light on an integral part of this region’s economy and lifestyle.
May 10, 2018 – “The American Revolution’s Best Kept Secret: Why East and West Florida Mattered “. Author, Dr. Roger Smith will share secrets about the role that Florida played in the American Revolution and focus on newly recovered information concerning British intentions in the southern colonies. Dr. Smith?s research reveals that not only was the South crucial to the needs of the empire from 1775 on, but that East and West Florida played critical roles in these designs.
Admission is $10 per program. Lightner Museum members and Flagler College students are Free. Each program begins at 6:30pm / light refreshments will be served. Click on the event website link for additional information.
The Lightner Museum is handicap accessible. Parking is free after 5 p.m. and is available behind the museum. For more information, contact the Lightner Museum at 904-824-2874.