Culturally La Florida: Spain’s New World Legacy
Produced by Flagler Collegeand the Florida Humanities Council
Wine & Food Festival
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit
October 15-December 12
Visitor Information Center
Produced by the Sertoma Club of St. Augustine & St. Johns Cultural Council
Ceremony & Blessing
Plaza de la Constitución
Produced by the Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park
St. Augustine Half Marathon,
5k, 10k & Fun Run
Produced by Miami Tri Events
For a complete description of each event, click here.
Sail Forth Productions Releases Video of Monument Laser Scan
Sail Forth Productions captured the laser scan of the Constitution Monument performed by Chris Ellis of Activision. Click on the below video to view.
Learn more about the laser scan project and the purpose behind the project.
A Word with Our
Katharine H. Dickenson, Vice-Chair
By Sarah Kirgis
Katharine Dickenson is the Vice Chairman of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration along with the other Vice Chairman, Mayor Joe Boles. Dickenson has lived in Florida all her life and as an adult, became involved with the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Her passion is in historic preservation, and this fits in perfectly with the Council. Ms. Dickenson commented that historic preservation is “a segway. Architecture is also an art form…[and] it’s all related.”
Dickenson has always had a high appreciation for the arts. She will be orchestrating the invitation and anticipated arrival of the king and queen of Spain to St. Augustine’s festivities in the coming years. She says that St. Augustine is a favorite community to her and that “nobody does it better than St. Augustine.”
One of the major goals Dickenson has for the 450th Commemoration is to see more scholarly research within St. Augustine as well as creating a lasting legacy for future generations to look back upon and understand our own culture at the present time. She also hopes to see the entire history of St. Augustine celebrated beyond the Spanish founding to go on to include the Civil Rights movement as well as every group involved in the history of our city. St. Augustine has a diverse and rich history and Dickenson’s role with the Florida Council on Arts and Culture seeks to unveil the historical threads and reveal important pieces of our common backgrounds.She commended Governor Rick Scott for his efforts in maintaining many items of the arts in the budget. Arts, culture, and history are the dimension to the portrait of history.
The 450th Commemoration is thankful for all of its commissioners and especially for Dickenson and her efforts promoting arts and history.
St. Augustine 450th Commemoration
Culturally La Florida:
Spain’s New World Legacy
Spain’s 500-year influence on the culture of Florida and the nation will be celebrated May 3-6 in St. Augustine. Culturally La Florida will feature presentations by leading experts, living history demonstrations and a variety of educational and entertaining performances that will make public appreciation of Spain’s influence in the New World.
Hosted and based at Flagler College as a St. Augustine 450th Commemoration event with programs citywide as well as in Hastings and Palm Coast, Culturally La Florida will offer a mix of lectures, presentations and performances that will appeal to everyone from academicians to school children. Among the topics to be covered are archeology, Native Americans, runaway slaves, Spanish missions, food, arts, ranching, maritime explorations, folklore and much more.
For a complete listing of events open to the public visit the officialwebsite. This event is made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
Mutiny with the Bounty
The H.M.S. Bounty’s stay in St. Augustine was a splashing success! On Wednesday, April 25th the Bounty traveled from Puerto Rico to St. Augustine where she and her crew were whole-heartily greeted by crowds of enthusiastic residents and visitors welcoming her to our city for the first time in history.
Tours of the Bounty were available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More than 5,000 people visited and viewed the world-famous ship throughout the three days.
The Bounty’s visit was the first event of the maritime heritage signature programming of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration. The Maritime Heritage Festival is scheduled November 2013, which will begin as Stanley Paris, the founding president and chairman of the University of St. Augustine, launches his high-tech sailing vessel on a voyage around the world. On this voyage, Paris will attempt to break the world record by sailing around the world unassisted in 150 days or less. He will also be the oldest skipper to attempt this mission at the age of 76. The festival will also include new and historical boats and vessels, educational components, food, music and other exciting entertainment. The Marine Industries Association of Northeast Florida will coordinate this signature event.
The next destination for the Bounty is Savannah, Georgia where it will participate in the Tall Ships Challenge.
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration team would like to thank the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and the Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park for all the assistance with this event. The team would also like to thank the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Youth Ambassadors and the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation for volunteering throughout the weekend.
View a slideshow of the Bounty’s stay in St. Augustine.
Ancient City Mosaic
Get your creative thoughts flowing! This September, community members will have the opportunity to submit artwork for the chance to be part of the first exhibit at the newly renovated Visitor Information Center. The exhibit, titled Ancient City Mosaic, will be a community expression of 450 works of art depicting St. Augustine’s cultural diversity and rich history.
Each artist will be asked to create their impression of a significant historical landmark, event, figure or cultural tradition in St. Augustine. Collectively, the exhibit will be an artistic rendering of the Nation’s Oldest City, deeper and richer than any history in America.
The idea for Ancient City Mosaic originated from the creative minds of the members of the Sertoma Club of St. Augustine. The Sertoma Club is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of St. Johns County. The organization’s mandate is to help those in need; easing the burdens of those less fortunate. Sertoma’s solemn pledge is that every penny raised in St. Johns County stays in St. Johns County.
Each year, the Sertoma Club selects an organization to donate funds raised through its efforts. This year, the Sertoma Club has selected the St. Johns County Education Foundation Arts Alive Program. 100% of the funds raised through the Ancient City Mosaic silent auction from the donated artwork will be provided to the program.
A coordinated effort to bring this artistic opportunity to our community is also made possible through the efforts of the St. Johns Cultural Council and the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration.
More information to follow.
St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation
Let’s float the boat! The 37ft. Chalupa, a 16th Century multi-purpose vessel, and its boat shed are progressing quickly at theFountain of Youth Archaeological Park. This collaborative project is being carried out in partnership with the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation and the Lighthouse Archaeology Maritime Program at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, which continues to provide historically accurate research details. The ship’s keel has been laid in the boat shed as construction on this structure continues with the help of project volunteers with over 128 volunteers having raised their hands to help with this fantastic project.
The St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation has three main goals:
- To build seaworthy 16th century watercraft at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park in a traditional 16th century manner for the 450th commemoration and beyond while utilizing locally sourced labor, materials and skills.
- To stimulate greater utilization and dependency of our harbor and adjacent waterways by encouraging increased commercial and recreational boating as an alternative to congested road traffic.
- To support educational programs that benchmark our maritime history and record current and future maritime events by instituting accredited scholastic maritime courses for students and troubled youth.
Now is the time to get involved with contributions, membership and volunteering. Visit the website to join us as we float the boat!
Romanza Week: May 14-20, 2012
Romanza Week is an annual multi-day, multi-arts celebration centered in stunningly beautiful, historic downtown St. Augustine. More than three dozen organizations are banding together to produce more than 50 shows and exhibitions in a week-long extravaganza, May 14-20, 2012. The event will feature music, dance, theatre, visual arts and cuisine.
On Sunday, May 20th, the closing celebration for Romanza Week takes place at the Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park with “Latin Beauty and Music” featuring Salsa, Flamenco, Latin Jazz, Mariachi and The Beauty Queens of Latin America.
Romanza is dedicated to promoting the creative energy of the Nation’s Oldest City through high-quality performing arts and cultural events that showcase the rich cultural diversity and Romantic splendor of St. Augustine. View more information.
Underground Railroad Conference: June 20-24, 2012
The Network to Freedom has joined with local partners to present an annual Underground Railroad Conference. These conferences bring together a mix of grass roots researchers, community advocates, site stewards, government officials and scholars to explore the history of the Underground Railroad. Rotated to different parts of the country, the conferences highlight the unique history of various regions along with new research.
Escaping to Destinations South:
The Underground Railroad, Cultural Identity and Freedom
Along the Southern Borderlands
June 20-24, 2012
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Johns County Convention Center at
Renaissance World Golf Village
The 2012 Conference theme is the resistance to slavery through escape and flight to and from the South, including through international flight, from the 16th century to the end of the Civil War. Traditional views of the Underground Railroad focus on Northern destinations of freedom seekers, with symbols such as the North Star, Canada, and the Ohio River (the River Jordan) constructed as the primary beacons of freedom. This conception reduces the complexity of the Underground Railroad by ignoring the many freedom seekers that sought to obtain their freedom in southern destinations.
The 2012 Conference will include participation by independent and academic scholars at all levels, educators, community activists, public historians and preservationists, and multi-media and performance artists. The conference seeks to create a cultural, historical, and interpretive exchange between domestic and international descendent communities of southern freedom seekers. View more information.
Spotted! St. Augustine
By Jeani Taliaferro
In April, the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Youth Ambassadors had an enjoyable time learning about the art scene in St. Augustine from Elise Brady at the St. Augustine Art Associationon Marine Street. Afterwards, the students walked over to theXimenez-Fatio House at 28 Cadiz Street and learned about life in an 1830′s boarding house from Julie Gatlin.
These monthly events acquaint the students with the people, places and history that make St. Augustine unique, as they learn how to be effective volunteers for St. Augustine 450th Commemoration activities.
On April 28th and 29th, the students helped with tours of the H.M.S. Bounty. The students were responsible for taking groups to and from the ship at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
In May, the students will tour the St. Augustine Lighthouse and learn about the vast maritime heritage history of our city. A proclamation will be read at the June City Commission meeting declaring June 11th Youth Ambassadors Day in St. Augustine. It will be the one year anniversary of the Youth Ambassador Program. Following the commission meeting, the students will proceed to tour the Pena-Peck house and stay for dinner in celebration of the one year milestone.
St. Augustine 450th
The following organizations were honored with St. Augustine
450th Commemoration Alliance Proclamations in April.
April 23, 2012 City Commission Meeting
- St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
- St. Augustine Art Association
- Fort Mose Historic State Park
- Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park
- St. Johns Council on Aging