Join us for an all-day celebration of Florida history. Enjoy meeting various Florida history authors, book signings, reenactors, mystery objects, historical displays and costumes, trivia and prizes, local history clubs, food trucks, and much more!
Free for members or with paid museum admission.
11:00 am: The Three Mrs. Flaglers
Each woman loves Henry Flagler in her own way. Henry's tremendous drive and magnificent accomplishments during Florida's Gilded Age come to life through the eyes of his three captivating wives as each beautifully gowned lady tells of years with the man who took the blank canvas of Florida and created a rich man's paradise. Join St. Augustine historical reenactor, Dianne Jacoby, for a performance of drama, passion, and history.
12:00 pm: The Founding of Port Orange and Edgewater: The Remarkable Story of Dr. John Milton and Dr. Esther Hill Hawks
Join local reenactors and presenters, Joseph Vetter and Kimberly Vicars, and learn about the local history of Dr. John Milton, Union Army Surgeon and Abolitionist, and Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, one of the first female physicians in the U.S. and educator at the first integrated school in Florida. From their Florida honeymoon in 1854 to their service at Hilton Head Island throughout the Civil War at General Hospital #10 (the first "colored" hospital for soldiers and families), this mostly unheard story deserves to be told. As Esther said, "in the training of children rests the hope of the world," a motto for the two educators interpreting their story.
1:00 pm: Privateers of Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic with Dr. David Head, Department of History at University of Central Florida
Two hundred years ago in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, then still a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation will tell the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them. Dr. Head will also do a book signing of his book, Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic, which was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2015.
2:00 pm: Truly Off the Beaten Path with MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, James "Zach" Zacharias
Join Zach Zacharias and discover truly unique Florida day trips that are not found in your average tour guide. This presentation will show everyone including life-long Floridians, the hidden corners of our beautiful state. Look at scenic drives, historic destinations, and natural wonders from North Florida to South Florida and everything in between.
3:00 pm: Florida Sports History: It's Not Just Fun & Games with Dr. Steve Noll, University of Florida
Sporting activities shape our lives, unite (or divide) us, and help us celebrate who we are as Floridians. This presentation examines Florida history and society through the lens of sports - looking at how sporting activities both shaped and reflected the Sunshine State. Explore the many varieties of Florida sports from participatory events to professional leagues.