Browse Exhibits (9 total)

Growing Up in St. Augustine: Stories from the Cox Sisters

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Miriam (Mimi) and Margo Cox grew up in Saint Augustine in the mid-twentieth century. Their photographs, shared during an Open Collecting Day in 2014, reflect a sense of community and a rich childhood full of various and wonderful experiences.

Beyond Gators: Art & History at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

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Although over a century old, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is anything but a static relic. We explored the zoo with owner David Drysdale who shared his personal history, art collection, and memories of collecting. 

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Diving Into Marineland

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From the very beginning, Marineland sought to provide a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, marine life. Marine Studios was not only the largest and most innovative aquarium of its time, but also the only fully operational underwater movie studio and later a renowned tourist attraction. Today, Marineland continues not only its tradition of tourism, but makes advances in the field of marine biology. Marineland is a multi-faceted attraction and continues to hold significance in different ways to different people; this project explores aspects of Marineland's groundbreaking development in science, entertainment, and tourism.  

Click here to view Diving into Marineland, a Public History Practicum Project.

Latino Heritage in St. Augustine

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Explore the history of Latino American heritage in St. Augustine in this exhibit featuring the legacy of Father Varela and his burial at Tolomato Cemetery, the history of the now-defunct Pan-American Center museum, and the remnants of our town's cigar industry. 

We are actively collecting oral histories and stories in the project begun with a grant, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

The Pan American Center

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This online exhibit illustrates the once active Pan American Center that existed in St. Augustine, FL from 1965-1978.

 

Curriculum Connections: Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine

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These resources supplement and interpret photographs and documents from local archives for general readers, students, and educators. 

Click on the topics to the right to get started. At this time, you will find images and text describing the local civil rights movement in the 1960s, content and discussion questions, links to primary sources, and corresponding benchmarks for teaching African American History.

This project began in January 2021 and continues to expand. If you have comments or questions on this content, please email Kelly Enright: kenright @ flagler.edu

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A1A History

Formally known as The Grand Old Highway, A1A was built in 1927 to open up Florida's tourism industry. The road runs along the Altantic Ocean, from Key West at the southern tip of Florida, to Fernandina Beach, just south of Georgia on Amelia Island.

This exhibit highlights sites along what is now the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway from Jacksonville to Cocoa Beach. Explore our maps, images, and challenge yourself with the scavenger hunt!

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Impact of the 1989 Freeze on the Florida Citrus Industry

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The Florida Citrus Industry has been a vital part of not only Florida’s agricultural history, but also its heritage during the last four centuries. To the knowledge of modern scholars, the Orange crop is not native to the state of Florida. Seedlings and young plants were brought to the Spanish Colony of St. Augustine sometime between 1565 and 1579 from Spain. At the time of 1579, it is noted that Menendez reported an abundant growth of the citrus crop in the St. Augustine settlement.

From this point on, the planting of the citrus crop expanded across the state. In the 1770s, Jesse Fish started to commercialize the crop. The crop became essential to Florida’s identity. During the citrus industry’s rise, the crop has experienced several low points, such as the 1894-95 “big freeze.” The crop's history in Florida makes it clear that the rise and the fall of the Florida Citrus industry correlate directly with severe freezes or lack thereof.

The Florida citrus industry was at an all-time high in the 1970s, but the long-term effects of a series of freezes in the 1980s, climaxing with the 1989 Christmas freeze, have aided in the gradual decline of the citrus industry in Florida. By looking through the eyes of citrus growers during the 1989 Christmas Freeze it becomes clear how demoralizing the Christmas freeze was for the overall industry.  

Today the citrus crop faces freezes, disease, and global competition which could result in the ultimate demises of the Industry in Florida in the next few decades. It is important to preserve the heritage of the crop.

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Stories from West Augustine

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This virtual exhibit interprets and highlights the oral histories collected in West Augustine from January through April 2016 by St. Johns County and Brockington and Associates. Flagler College Public History students continue to work with these valuable primary documents from our community, and are interested in collecting more information, interviews, and photographs about West Augustine. 

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