Adam Shockey reported to Historic City News that Dr. Kathleen Deagan, a renowned archaeologist with the Florida Museum of Natural History, will be speaking to the Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Hospitality Council about her body of work at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, as well as some up-coming projects.
In addition to a review of what we have learned about the archaeological significance of the park in our city’s history, Dr. Deagan will also discuss a few highlights about the Fraser’s huge artifact donation to the University of Florida.
“This is “the real history” of St Augustine — it is the product of years of scholarly research, peer review, routine and systematic adherence to scientific principles; achieved only at great cost, sacrifice, and the generosity of the last three generations of the Fraser family,” Historic City News editor Michael Gold observed. “The willingness of John, Brian, Elaine, and Elizabeth to share their parent’s legacy with us is a testament to their character, and sense of civic responsibility to our hometown.”
If you are planning to attend, the program for the Tourism and Hospitality Business Council will be held this Wednesday, January 8th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This very entertaining and educational event is open to both chamber members ($10) and non-members ($15). The location is the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park at 11 Magnolia Avenue in St Augustine. Refreshments will be provided.
To register up to the day of the event and pay your registration fee online, CLICK HERE.
Kathleen Deagan is Distinguished Research Curator of Archaeology and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History. She received her Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Florida, and after teaching at Florida State University Anthropology Department for eight years, she joined the University of Florida faculty in 1982.
Her research has focused on the archaeology of the Spanish colonial period in Florida and the Caribbean. She has conducted excavations in St Augustine since 1972; including the identification and excavations of Ft. Mose, America’s first free black community, and Florida’s first Spanish settlement (1565-66).
Deagan is the author of eight books and more than 65 scientific papers. She was named an Alumna of Outstanding Distinction by the University of Florida in 1998, and is a recipient of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s J.C. Harrington Award for Lifetime Distinction in Historical Archaeology. She was awarded the “Order of La Florida” by the City of St Augustine in 2007 for distinguished service to the city.