Florida Humanities Council


The Florida Humanities Council would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the people and organizations that made possible the “Between Columbus and Jamestown: Spanish St. Augustine” teachers’ workshops and teacher resource website. The generous contributions and hard work of everyone involved have made the programs and website an outstanding success.

Our sincere appreciation is extended to our funding institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as our host institution, Flagler College. A special thank you is due to the Flagler College President William Abare, and his invaluable Assistant, Mary Jane Dillon. The workshops, of course, could not have taken place without the guidance of our outstanding Lead Scholars, James Cusick and Susan Parker, and the contributions of visiting scholars: Michael Gannon, Kathleen Deagan, Jane Landers, Herschel Shepard, and our Master Teacher, H.A. Smith.  A special thank you goes out to City Archeologist Carl Halbirt for his participation in the workshop. Generous donations of time and resources were made by the St. Augustine Historical Society, and its Director Tony Ganong and Research Librarian Charles Tingley, and the Department of Heritage Tourism and its Director Bill Adams. Special thanks are also extended to: Eric Johnson and the Mission of Nombre de Dios, the National Park Service, and the staffs at the Castillo de San Marcos, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and the Colonial Spanish Quarter.

An extra thank you is due to the University of Florida’s Digital Library Center and the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History for creating and maintaining the teacher resource website. In addition, we appreciate the generosity of the institutions that permitted us to place readings and images online: University of Alabama Press, Dover Publications, Inc., Pioneer Publications, Inc., the Florida Department of State and Mission San Luis de Apalachee, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, the Florida Historical Society, and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The workshop and website could never have materialized without the 600 teachers who spent a week each in the Oldest City. Their daily contributions to the workshop's intellectual content, and their imagination, creativity, and hard work on the lesson plans used on this website, have been invaluable.

The Florida Humanities Council is a non-profit cultural and educational organization funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities, the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and private contributions.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.