2021-2022 Ormond Beach Historical Society Speaker Series

Presented with a matching grant from the Florida Humanities

Sept. 25, 2021 – The Jim Crow Era

Martha R. Bireda, Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African History and Culture, provides an overview of the Jim Crow era and its continued influence in the collective American mind. The Jim Crow laws that existed in Florida will be discussed.


Oct. 23, 2021 – 200th Anniversary of the Establishment of St. John's County

Since St. John's County was established at the start of the Florida colonial period in 1821, approximately 60% of the counties in Florida have been carved from its original land mass. Hear Mercedes Harrold, St. Johns Cultural Resources Coordinator, share its fascinating history.


Nov. 20, 2021 – The Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Learn how the 1964 visits of MLK drew national attention and sparked marches, arrests, and clashes with police from J. Michael Butler, Flagler College Professor. Understand how local and national objectives then affect race relations today

January 29, 2022 – Hidden History of Florida

James Clark, UCF lecturer and author, will give us a fast-paced journey through 400 years of Florida history using dozens of stories to tell the little-known facts that most of us know nothing about. Discover a new appreciation of our state's past.

Feb. 26, 2022 - Florida Forts: On the Edge of Empire

James “Zach” Zacharias, Curator of History and Education at the MOAS, returns to tell of Spanish, French, British, and US forts built on the Florida frontier. Some saw little action while others were decimated by conflict after conflict.


March 26, 2022 - 7000-Year-Old Discoveries: Manasota Key Archaeological Site

Ryan M. Duggins, FL State Underwater Archaeological Supervisor, tells of this prehistoric burial site, newly discovered in 2016 under 21 feet of water, which contains the first example in the Americas of human remains being identified offshore.


April 30, 2022 - Timucua Indians and the Missions of Spanish Florida

Beginning in the 1560s, Spain founded over 150 missions from FL to the Chesapeake Bay with the largest number in Timucua towns in south GA and north FL. Jerald T. Milanich, UF Professor and Curator Emeritus at FL Museum of Natural History, as he recounts how only two missions remained by 1763.


May 28, 2022 – Florida Women Journalist & Politics

Hear Kimberly Voss, UCF Professor and author, share the stories of women's page journalists who contributed to their FL communities. Smart, feisty, and ahead of their time, they encouraged social change through so-called soft news.

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