Sea Your History in St. Augustine, Florida

Are you ready to go beyond the ordinary and become part of history?

Each year, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum proudly hosts a series of Sea Your History Weekends featuring Smithsonian scholars, special tours, wooden boat building demonstrations and unique experiences that connect visitors with the vast maritime history of the Nation's Oldest Port. 

In 2014, each event will celebrate a different influence on St. Augustine's maritime culture from the early European settlers to the contributions of African-American and Native American groups. 

Plan ahead and reserve a room with one of our accommodation sponsors for an exciting weekend in the St. Augustine!

September 20th - 21st: British History

From 1763 through 1783, the St. Augustine colony was controlled by the British crown. Visit the museum September 20th and 21st to celebrate this important period in our 450 year history. Explore the 1765 shipwreck, Industry, currently on exhibition in the Keepers' House basement to learn more about how supplies were brought to the growing colony. 

You can also discover a little-known side of the American Revolutionary war through artifacts from the Storm Wreck. On New Year's Eve 1782, sixteen ships carrying British loyalists who fled Charleston, S.C., at the end of the war ran aground trying to enter the St. Augustine harbor. Artifacts from one of these ships including cannon, muskets, cauldrons, irons, buttons and other items have been recovered by lighthouse archaeologists. These pieces are now undergoing conservation for a future exhibit so that we can share the story of these families who were trying to start new lives in St. Augustine.

Sea Your History Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY

Behind the Scenes Tours
(Tours Meet In Gift Shop) 
11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.; and 3:00 p.m.: Enjoy a guided Behind the Scenes Tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, featuring the long history of our still-functional lighthouse and keepers' house, and see artifacts under conservation with our underwater archaeology program. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance!

Lost Ships Tours
(Tours Meet In Gift Shop)
12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.: Explore St. Augustine's shipwreck stories with one of our lighthouse archaeologists on this guided tour of our archaeology and conservation lab. Discover an untold story from the American Revolutionary War of British Loyalists who were forced to flee their homes after the war only to find themselves shipwrecked in St. Augustine. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance!

Artifact Airscribing
(Conservation Lab, North of Lighthouse Courtyard)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: See our conservators in action as they use an airscribe to remove centuries of concreted build-up from shipwreck artifacts. Learn how artifacts go from the moment of discovery to preservation for future exhibits.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard James Bell
(Keepers' House Gallery)
4:00 p.m.: Join our special presenter for Sea Your History Weekend, Professor Richard Bell from the University of Maryland. Dr. Bell will share insights into the lives of British Loyalists living in the U.S. colonies during the American Revolutionary War. 

SUNDAY

Wooden Boatbuilding Demonstration
(Lighthouse Boatworks, North of Lighthouse Courtyard)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Watch our volunteer craftsmen as they work to steam and sculpt wooden boards into the traditional boats of our ancestors. Be sure to ask how you can win one of our boats in the annual drawing!

Behind the Scenes Tours
(Tours Meet In Gift Shop) 
11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.; and 3:00 p.m.: Enjoy a guided Behind the Scenes Tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, featuring the long history of our still-functional lighthouse and keepers' house, and see artifacts under conservation with our underwater archaeology program.Click here to purchase your tickets in advance!

Lost Ships Tours
(Tours Meet In Gift Shop)
12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.: Explore St. Augustine's shipwreck stories with one of our lighthouse archaeologists on this guided tour of our archaeology and conservation lab. Discover an untold story from the American Revolutionary War of British Loyalists who were forced to flee their homes after the war only to find themselves shipwrecked in St. Augustine. Click here to purchase your tickets in advance!

Artifact Airscribing
(Conservation Lab, North of Lighthouse Courtyard)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: See our conservators in action as they use an airscribe to remove centuries of concreted build-up from shipwreck artifacts. Learn how artifacts go from the moment of discovery to preservation for future exhibits.

Featured Presenter: Dr. Richard James Bell

Dr. Bell joined the University of Maryland's history department in 2006. He received his PhD from Harvard University and his BA from the University of Cambridge. He teaches early American history and cultural history. His research interests encompass the histories of print communication and violence prior to the Civil War. He is the author of several journal articles, as well as two books. The first, a monograph titled We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States, examines the role that discourse regarding self-destruction played in the cultural formation of the early republic. The second work, Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America, a co-edited volume of essays centered on the experience of incarcerated subjects and citizens in early America, is the product of a conference organized at the McNeil Center in April 2009. 

Since 2006, Dr. Bell has served as the Mellon Fellow in American History at Cambridge University, the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, a Mayer Fellow at the Huntington Library, a Research Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance at Yale University and as a Resident Fellow at the John W Kluge at the Library of Congress. He is currently at work upon a new book-length micro-history. The project is titled The Blackest Market: Kidnapping, Slavery and Salvation.

Sea Your History Weekends are funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council - Experience the history and charm of St. Augustine |Ponte Vedra. Visit www.floridashistoriccoast.com  

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