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Live Local History Programs

* All programs are held at the historic Anderson-Price Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach.

* All programs are on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).

* Coffee and refreshments start at 9:30 a.m. 

* All programs are FREE.

* Plenty of free parking in lot adjacent to building. 

* Handicap entrance is at the rear of the building. 

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September 9, 2023

History of the Ormond Beach Area

Presented by Randy Jaye

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Learn about the interesting history of the Ormond Beach area. This journey starts with the indigenous people who settled in the area for thousands of years before the European invasion began in 1513.  

The journey then explores the colonial Spanish and English settlers, businessmen and governmental officials who established plantations, some large and technologically advanced. These plantations were built and worked by slave labor (mostly Blacks of African origin).

Other major historical events and topics such as the disastrous Second Seminole War (1835-1842) which decimated the area and destroyed the majority of the plantations and infrastructure and chased most people away, post-American Civil War settlement, establishment of New Britain (now Ormond Beach), “Birthplace of Speed,” the Jim Crow Era, industrialist Henry Flagler and his Florida East Coast Railway, the Ormond Hotel, John D. Rockefeller and his modest ‘Casements’ mansion, World War II and Florida’s U-boat War, and how Ormond Beach has evolved into a commuter town, bedroom community, and family vacation destination will all be included in this insightful journey through the area’s rich local history.

November 4, 2023

Second Seminole War (1835-1842): America's Longest and Costliest Indian War

Presented by Randy Jaye

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Learn about Florida’s astounding Second Seminole War. Few people know it was the longest and costliest Indian war in the history of the United States. The story begins with groups of indigenous people from Alabama and Georgia relocating to colonial Florida in the 18th century. Eventually the newcomers collectively were known as the Seminoles. After Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821, White settlers insisted that the Seminoles be moved onto a reservation south of what is now Ocala. When the Indian Removal Act was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson in 1830, the U.S. sought to forcefully remove the Seminoles from Florida. The Seminole people had two choices: relocation from their rightful lands or armed resistance. War broke out and there were brutal massacres on both sides. The U.S. government perpetrated fierce aggression, trickery, bribery, and unethical warfare tactics including the capture of Seminole War leader Osceola under a white flag of truce. The campaigns of four U.S. Army generals all failed to force the Seminoles to surrender. Finally, in 1842, Colonel William Jenkins Worth declared the Second Seminole War to be over even though there was no peace treaty or surrender agreement. The result was that most of the Seminoles were forced out of Florida to a reservation in present-day Oklahoma; only about 300 remained in Florida.

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