Ponce de Leon Celebration Photo Scrapbook from April 1927 in St. Augustine, Florida


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Ponce de Leon Celebration Photo Scrapbook from April 1927 in St. Augustine, Florida
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St. Augustine, Florida
Klatzkow, Melissa ( Editor )
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From April 6-8, 1927 St. Augustine held a three day Ponce de Leon celebration. This celebration included a variety of town events including baseball, fireworks, and reenactments. The celebration focused on historic events beginning with Ponce de Leon and covering a variety of topics relating to Florida history, including Menéndez’s founding of St. Augustine (1565), Sir Francis Drake’s sacking of the town (1586), and the Oglethorpe siege (1740). The affair included a large number of participants—a total of 500 people and 200 horseman—and included pageant winners from other parts of the South as ladies-in-waiting. Many of the participants dressed up in period clothing and played a variety of historical figures. St. Augustine has a history of Ponce de Leon celebrations, beginning in 1883. These events were sporadic and did not occur annually. Examples of the years the town celebrated include 1907, 1908, 1909 and 1913. Generally, the town tended to close shop for the celebration, though the events and time devoted toward the celebration varied. The city would decorate the town and citizens would wear costumes resembling English, Spanish, French and Indian styles. The celebration occurred in early spring, either in late March or early April and was typically a multi-day event. References: Bowen, Beth Rogero, and St. Augustine Historical Society. St. Augustine in the Gilded Age. Postcard History Series.: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. Florida Homeseeker. "March, 1908." 10 (January 1908): 88. Graham, Thomas, Flagler's St. Augustine Hotels: The Ponce de Leon, the Alcazar, and the Casa Monica. Pineapple Press, Sarasota FL, 2003. Scrapbook, Ponce de Leon Pageant, St. Augustine, 1927.
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Photographs included: Photographs Queen Ruth Graham 1927 Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles (Willies H. Nobles) King Ferdinand (Joseph L. Junne) Don Juan Ponce de Leon (Herbert E. Wolfe) Their Majesties Menendez--King Ferdinand--Queen Isabella--Ponce de Leon The King--The Queen and her Ladies-in-Waiting "The Court" The Spanish Garden in the Alcazar Casino "The Folores" The Landing of Don Juan Ponce de Leon in Florida Mr. Charles E. Harris, Secretary, St. Augustine Chamber of Commerce Blessing the Land in the Name of Spain Mistaking the Indians as Hostile Princess Arriola (Miss Florida Davis) Ponce de Leon and His Grandees Smoking the Pipe of Peace with the Indians The Flag Ceremony The Hearlds The Grandees Ponce de Leon and His Followers Boys from the State Deaf and Blind School as Spanish Infantrymen Scene from the Parade Princess Arriola Miss Marjory Dunne and the King The Queen's Box on Opening Day, Wednesday 4/6/27 Taken in the Queen's Box The Queen's Box The King and Queen and Pages in their Carriages Katherine McDonough of Savannah, Polly Zurn of Fort Pierce and Florence Hein of Mount Dora Miss Doris Edwards of Daytona Beach, Miss Pellicer, Miss Capo and Miss Coomes of St. Augustine. Spanish Entertainers in the Spanish Garden in the Alcazar Casino Lady-in-Waiting
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Information and digitization by Melissa Klatzkow.
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Created as part of the Preserving History course.

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University of Florida
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