Happy Hour with Dr. J. Michael Francis



Rethinking La Florida: From Ponce De Leon to Jamestown

What would Ponce De Leon think of his “La Florida” now?
Five-hundred years after the arrival of Ponce De Leon and the beginning of Spanish influence in Florida, the popular “Happy Hour with the Historian” lecture series continues Thursday, Sept. 5 with celebrated historian and author Dr. J. Michael Francis.

Dr. Francis is the Hough Family Endowed Chair of the Florida Studies program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Dr. Francis will present: Rethinking La Florida – From Ponce De Leon to Jamestown.  Dr. Francis received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, was a research fellow at both the Library of Congress and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He was one of only two historians appointed to the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.  His teaching fields include colonial Latin America, Early Florida, Spanish Borderlands, the Pre-Columbian Americas, and Spanish Paleography. He has written extensively on these topics, and his next book project, The Martyrs of Florida, is under contract with the University Press of Florida.

Thursday, September 5th, 2013 – Doors open at 6pm for a happy hour cocktail meet & greet with Dr. Francis.

Admission is $5 suggested donation. The event runs from 6pm-8pm and will feature a full cocktail bar, wine and beer. Admission includes viewing of the museum.

The St. Petersburg Museum of History – celebrating its 91st year – is located at 335 2nd Avenue NE on the approach to The Pier.  For more information, please call 727.894.1052


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