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A fascinating new program series presented by the Florida Humanities Council is coming to the Lightner Museum beginning in March 2018. The Humanities Speakers Series showcases three engaging talks focusing on Florida’s history, culture, and people. Engaging topics include the influence of the Canary Islanders, early Spanish settlers, and boat building and fishing on the culture, economy and character of St. Augustine.
March 8, 6:30 p.m.
“SETTLERS OF THE SPANISH FRONTIER: CANARY ISLANDERS IN COLONIAL FLORIDA”
Dr. Diana Reigelsperger, professor of history at Seminole State College, will present a program tracing the unique history of the Canary Islanders and their role in colonizing the New World for Spain. Although their presence has been documented throughout the southern regions, Dr. Reigelsperger will be focusing specifically on their legacy in Florida.
April 12, 6:30 p.m.
“FLORIDA’S FLEET: A BOATBUILDING AND FISHING LEGACY FROM THE FIRST COAST”
Brendan Burke, archeologist from the St. Augustine Lighthouse, will guide the audience through local shipbuilding, focusing on a unique shipping vessel developed in the 20h century in Northeast Florida and how its impact is still being realized today. Mr. Burke’s engaging presentation will shed light on this integral part of the region’s economy and lifestyle.
May 10, 6:30 p.m.
“THE SPANISH LEGACY OF FLORIDA”
Dr. Steve Noll, professor of history at the University of Florida, will give audiences an opportunity to more fully understand the historical and cultural significance of the early Spanish colonial period. His focus on the influence of differing forms of labor established under Spanish law will deepen the understanding and historical connection of a city which fully embraces its Spanish heritage.
Admission to each program: $10. (Free for Lightner Museum members and Flagler College students)
Program Location: Lightner Museum’s Historic Pool Area, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Light refreshments will be served.
Tickets available through lightnermuseum.org/tickets