Join us at the Museum of Arts & Sciences for an all-day celebration of Florida history. Enjoy various Florida history reenactors, historical displays, costumes, local history clubs, and more!
Free for members or with paid museum admission.
10:00am: Perseverance: Episodes of Black History from the Rural South with Randy Jaye
The book Perseverance: Episodes of Black History from the Rural South was inspired because many aspects of black history in many parts of the rural South are both underappreciated and under-documented. Many of the local episodes of black history in this presentation occurred in Flagler County, Florida and are excellent microcosms of black history from the rural south. Journey through various episodes of black history from the rural South featuring local historical adventures weaved into broader national and international events that span from the European Invasion of the New World, the Plantation-era South, the American Civil War, Jim Crow laws, the two World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond.
11:00am: Front Page News with Joseph Vetter, M.A. American History
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The first front pages of Florida! 1783 East Florida Gazette (Saint Augustine) and 100 years later 1883 Daytona Beach Halifax Journal. Learn about Florida after the Revolution and a century later in this amazing journey through Florida history.
12:00pm: Confronting the "Hard History" of Racial Terror Lynching in Jim Crow Volusia County with Richard Buckelew, Bethune Cookman University
The history of lynching in Volusia County dates back to the 1890s to the 1930s as evidenced from newspaper accounts and county records. Volusia Remembers Coalition worked on this project with Dr. Buckelew as a history consultant to bring light to the individuals who met this awful fate. The goal is to bring awareness and promote racial healing.
1:00pm: Which Florida are we this time? With Mark Lane, columnist with the Daytona Beach News-Journal
"Which Florida are we this time?" News-Journal Columnist and author Mark Lane talks about what our state symbols tell us about our shifting identity and which parts of the Florida story we want to tell. Based on his book "Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies: An Unofficial Guide to Florida’s Official Symbols," Lane explores the state's often uncomfortable relationship with its often colorful history."
2:00pm: Florida Forts: On the Edge of Empire with Zach Zacharias MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History
Join Zach Zacharias, MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History to discover the amazing forts that now sit as relics to a bygone age in Florida history. The Spanish, English, French, and Americans all built major fortifications to control the all-important strategic peninsula. Uncover the history of Florida through historic forts such as Fort Caroline, Fort Clinch, St Augustine Castillo, Fort Pickens, Fort Christmas, and many more. Learn about Florida's history through its amazing forts.