Four hundred and forty-seven years ago, in September 1565, Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés stepped ashore on Matanzas Bay and founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest, continuously occupied, European city and port in the continental United States.
On Saturday, September 8, 2012 – on the 447th anniversary, to the day – the annual, historical reenactment of Menéndez’ landing and anniversary commemorations will be held at Mission Nombre de Dios (www.missionandshrine.org) in St. Augustine, Florida. This heritage Event will feature:
• The historical re-enactment of Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ landing in 1565 by La Compañía de
Santiago/The Company of St. James, a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc.;
• A Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, Bishop of St. Augustine;
• A Grand Procession following the Mass of Thanksgiving;
• A lecture on the founding of St. Augustine by Dr. Timothy J. Johnson, Chairman of the Department of
Humanities at Flagler College, will follow the Mass and Procession; this lecture is funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council through the National Endowment for the Humanities;
The anniversary commemoration will begin at 10AM; admission is free of charge to the public. Additional activities will take place next door at Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park ( www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/), following Dr. Johnson’s lecture.
This heritage Event is sponsored by Mission Nombre de Dios (www.missionandshrine.org/) and by La Compañía de Santiago/The Company of St. James, a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc. (www.floridalivinghistory.org ).
Support is provided, in part, by NTE Energy, Inc., and the Florida Humanities Council. For more information on Florida Living History, Inc., please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or, toll-free, at 1-877-FLA-HIST (1-877-352-4478)!
La Compañía de Santiago is a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the support of living history activities, events, and portrayals related to the history of colonial Florida.
Florida Living History, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the support of living history activities, events, and portrayals related to the history of colonial Florida.