Jerald T. Milanich is an anthropologist and archaeologist specializing in Native American cultures in Florida. He is Curator Emeritus in Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History; Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.

His subjects of interest include; Eastern United States archaeology; pre-Columbian Southeastern U.S. native peoples; Colonial period native American-European/Anglo relations in the Americas; Florida in the nineteenth century. Three of his many publications include “Florida Indians and the Invasion from Europe,” “Florida Indians from Ancient Times to the Present,” and most closely related to our event topic, “Laboring in the Fields of the Lord: Spanish Missions and Southeastern Indians.” Milanich is considered to be one of the leading experts on pre-contact Florida and the Spanish Mission period. 

Dr. Milanich with speak at 9:10am with the subject: “A New World: Southeastern Indians and Spanish Missions” and he will speak at 1:30pm on the subject: “The End of Time: Destruction of the Missions and Resettlement of Indian Refugees around St. Augustine”

Dr. J. Michael Francis, one of the nation’s leading experts on the Spanish colonial experience in Florida, received his PhD in History in 1998 from the University of Cambridge. His teaching fields include colonial Latin America, Early Florida, Spanish Borderlands, the Pre‐Columbian Americas, and Spanish Paleography.

He is Professor and Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (August, 2012-Present). Dr. Francis’s numerous awards and honors include the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society and the Alfred J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association. In 2007, Dr. Francis received a four-year appointment as Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 2010-2011, Dr. Francis was named the Jay I. Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

His book, entitled “Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597”, was published by the American Museum of Natural History. Francis also wrote, “St. Augustine America’s First City: A Story of Unbroken History & Enduring History”, which is a pictorial celebration of the 450th anniversary of Saint Augustine, Florida.

Dr. Francis will speak at 9:50am with the subject: “Politics, Power, and Polygamy: Rethinking the 1597 Guale Uprising”, and at 2:50pm on the subject, “‘Not Even the Devil Could Read This’: Digging in the Archives”.

Dr. George A. Broadwell, a Linguistic anthropologist with primary research interest in syntactic theory and language and cognition. Area specialization is American Indian languages, with research in Choctaw, Timucua, Trique, and Zapotec. His primary research agenda focuses on endangered languages, primarily Native American languages of the United States and Mesoamerica. He is interested in the issues of integrating language description and documentation with contemporary work in linguistic theory.

Broadwell is an Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, and he is a prolific writer and contributor in his field. 

Dr. Broadwell will speak at 10:30am on the subject: “Timucua Writers in Mission Period Florida” and at 3:30pm on the subject: “Timucua Miracle Stories: European Folklore Through the Eyes of Florida Indians”

Dr. Rochelle Marrinan is Chair of Anthropology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She is also Associate Professor of Anthropology, Florida State University since 1990. Her special areas of interest include; Southeastern United States Prehistory, Historical Archaeology of the Southeastern United States and Caribbean, Subsistence Analysis (Zooarchaeology), and Archaeological Field Methods. She has conducted extensive study of the Mission Period in Northwest Florida. She has contributed to many works on Mission archaeology.

Dr. Marrinan will speak at 11:50am on the subject: “The Archaeology of the Apalachee Missions” and at 4:10pm on the subject: “San Luís de Apalachee; Bringing Missions to Life”

Dr. John E. Worth, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology at University of West Florida, is an anthropologist specializing in archaeology and ethnohistory, with a primary research focus on the European colonial era in the Southeastern United States. Most recently, Dr. Worth has conducted field research on the recent discovery of Tristán de Luna’s 1559-1561 settlement on the shore of Pensacola Bay.

His professional interests include: Ethnohistory, prehistoric/historic archaeology, landscapes of practice, chiefdoms, ceramics and ethnicity, European colonization and indigenous culture change, Spanish Florida, Southeastern U.S., Cuba. Worth has written “Discovering Florida: First-Contact Narratives from Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast” and contributed to “From La Florida to La California: Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands” as well as, “The Archaeology of Pineland: A Coastal Southwest Florida Village Complex, A.D. 50-1700”, ed. by Karen J. Walker and William H. Marquardt.

Dr. Worth will speak at 11:10am on the subject: “Rebellion and Consequences: The 1656 Rebellion and the Reorganization of Timucua” and at 2:10pm on the subject: “So Far but So Near: Native Refugees in West and South Florida”.

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FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE, was originally “Edison Junior College” when it opened in the fall of 1962. On July 1, 2014, the college was renamed Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). The college offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Baccalaureate degrees, as well as various certificate programs.

Lee County Campus, where our February 25th event will take place, was renamed the Thomas Edison Campus in 2014, has 24 permanent structures, including the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Classes, certificate programs, and two-year and four-year degrees to suit individual goals are available on the Lee Campus. Students may choose from more than 20 major fields of study for university transfer or for job-ready degrees.

Florida SouthWestern State College is governed by its District Board of Trustees composed of nine representatives from Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee counties. The members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Florida.

LEARN MORE AT https://www.fsw.edu/

The Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS) was founded in 1980 as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a meeting place for people interested in the area’s past.
Its goals are:

* To learn more of the area’s prehistory
* To help disseminate this information
* To help preserve its evidences

Its members number both professional and amateur archaeologists, come from all walks of life and age groups. They share a lively curiosity, a respect for the people who preceded them here, and a feeling of responsibility for the conservation of the mementos they left behind.

The Society holds monthly meetings and attracts speakers who are in the forefront of archaeological research. Occasionally members join in trips to historical and archaeological sites. A monthly newsletter keeps members abreast of archaeological happenings.

SWFAS is a chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society. http://fasweb.org/swfas/