Our 2017 speakers event focused on telling the stories of Florida's Indians at the time of Spanish missions. It featured five experts on the subject speaking on varied topics related to the main theme. The event was hosted at Florida Southwestern State College. Lee Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with Friends of Mound Key, Florida SouthWestern State College, and Southwest Florida Archaeology Society, were pleased to offer the one-day series of presentations by internationally renowned speakers.  
We hope you enjoy these videos of their talks.

Funding for this program was provided in part by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Jerald T. Milanich, emeritus professor at the University of Florida, is a contributing editor for Archaeology magazine and an American Academy of Arts and Sciences inductee. He is the author of more than twenty books describing the Indian societies of the Americas and their interactions with Europeans during the colonial and post-colonial periods, including: Laboring in the Fields of the Lord—Spanish Missions and Southeastern Indians and Florida’s Indians from Ancient Times to the Present. Recent books include Hidden Seminoles: Julian Dimock’s Historic Florida Photographs,  Enchantments: Julian Dimock’s Photographs of Southwest Florida, and new book, Handfuls of History—Stories about Florida’s Past. Presently, he divides his time between New York City and a small village in the Catskill Mountains. 

Dr. Milanich presented - "A New World: Southeastern Indians and Spanish Missions" and "The End of Time: Destruction of the Missions and Resettlement of Indian Refugees around St. Augustine"

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J. Michael Francis is the Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he specializes in colonial Latin America & Spanish Borderlands. A Canadian native, Dr. Francis received his doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge, and taught for 15 years at University of North Florida. In 2007, he was granted a four-year appointment as Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and in 2010 he was named the Jay I. Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to serve on the Saint Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and recently published the book Saint Augustine: America’s First City.

Dr. Francis presented - "Politics, Power, and Polygamy: Rethinking the 1597 Guale Uprising" and "‘Not Even the Devil Could Read This’: Digging in the Archives".

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George Aaron Broadwell is the Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology at University of Florida. He holds a B.A. from Harvard (1983) and a Ph.D. from UCLA (1990). His research specialty is Native American languages, with a particular focus on endangered languages, primarily of the American Southeast (Choctaw, Timucua) and Oaxaca, Mexico (Zapotec, Triqui). He is interested in the issues of integrating language description and documentation with contemporary work in linguistic theory including word order, causative structures, lexical semantics, syntactic theory and language and cognition. Dr. Broadwell leads a research group on the Timucua language at University of Florida.

Dr. Broadwell presented: "Timucua Writers in Mission Period Florida" and "Timucua Miracle Stories: European Folklore Through the Eyes of Florida Indians"

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John E. Worth is associate professor of historical archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, where he specializes in archaeology and ethnohistory of the Spanish colonial era in the Southeastern U.S. He is currently conducting archaeological and documentary research into the 1559-1561 Tristan de Luna settlement, discovered in 2015. A Georgia native, Dr. Worth received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida, and spent 15 years in public archaeology program administration before becoming a member of the faculty at UWF. He is the author of Discovering Florida: First-Contact Narratives of Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast, The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida, Volumes I and II, The Struggle for the Georgia Coast, and more than one hundred-fifty other professional and lay publications and presented papers.

Dr. Worth presented: "Rebellion and Consequences: The 1656 Rebellion and the Reorganization of Timucua" and "So Far but So Near: Native Refugees in West and South Florida".

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Rochelle Marrinan is Chair of Anthropology at Florida State University, Tallahassee. In a career that spans over 40 years, she has combined her specializations in the prehistory of the Southeastern U.S., archaeology of the colonial period, and zooarchaeology with a strong focus on student engagement in practice. Dr. Marrinan has directed over four dozen graduate students while her long-running archaeological field school at San Pedro y San Pablo de Patali (Patale) and other colonial sites has trained hundreds more. Reflecting on her early career when opportunities for women in field archaeology were limited, Dr. Marrinan co-authored a series of biographies and a treatise on the state of gender in archaeology in Grit-Tempered: Early Women Archaeologists in the Southeastern United States. In addition to over one hundred-fifty professional articles, book chapters, technical reports, and presented papers, a new title on Apalachee missions is due out in 2017.

Dr. Marrinan presented: "The Archaeology of the Apalachee Missions" and "San Luís de Apalachee; Bringing Missions to Life"

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Founded in 1993,  LEE TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, INC. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the preservation of historic properties in Lee County, Florida,
Lee Trust is operated by a volunteer board of directors and is supported by its members and volunteers.

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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. 

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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.

LEARN MORE AT http://www.swflarchaeology.org