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A TV judge turned Spanish explorer. Steven Spielberg’s right-hand pirate man. The architect of America. An all-star cast led by Law and Order’s Chaz Mena, adventurous pirate connoisseur Pat Croce, and Colonial Williamsburg’s own Thomas Jefferson will descend on the nation’s oldest city starting this November for Discover First America: Legacies of La Florida.
The 450th Commemoration Commission’s free seven-part series—kicking off November 2 at the General Assembly meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. and continuing through May 2010 at the Flagler College Auditorium—will give audiences an exciting chance to be experts in the city’s rich history. Armed with First America Passports to Exploration, audience members become modern day explorers on a quest to unearth St. Augustine’s multicultural history. As they “travel” from program to program, they document their journey of discovery with passport stamps unique to each event. At the series’ end, those with passports stamped with each program seal will be “certified” 450th ambassadors and hosts, as well as have a limited edition souvenir. Passports will be distributed at the November 2nd community meeting.
“This is a once in a lifetime celebration not just for our community, but for the nation as a whole. We hope the First America series will highlight the magnitude and excitement of the Commemoration and the unique multicultural history that makes St. Augustine what it is today,” said 450th Commemoration Commission Executive Director, Dana Ste. Claire.
The First America program series is presented by the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission, in partnership with Flagler College and the City of St. Augustine, and is made possible, in part, by a Florida Humanities Council grant. The series will offer entertaining and enlightening programs on St. Augustine’s important role in the historical and cultural development of the United States. St. Augustine is First America.
All First America series programs will be held at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, unless otherwise stated.
On September 8, 1565, Spanish Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded the Presidio of San Agustin. Almost four and a half centuries later, the city lives on as an historic testament to exploration, challenge and enduring settlement in North America. And on September 8, 2015, it will be the first city in the nation to commemorate 450 years of unbroken existence.
Led by the 450th Commemoration Commission, the 2 ½-year celebration will celebrate the multi-cultural history of St. Augustine with an unprecedented series of signature events, festivals, programs, and historical exhibits. The celebration will kick off in 2013 with a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the April 2, 1513, landing of Juan Ponce de Leon.
The commission is overseen by a Regional Steering Committee and a Federal Commission, created by an Act of Congress executed by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2009.
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