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Flagler College presents lecture on Florida's 1861 secession

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March 1, 2011

Flagler College will welcome Woodrow Wilson Scholar Dwight Pitcaithley on Wednesday, March 16, with a talk on "The Secession of Florida in 1861: Reflections After 150 Years."

Pitcaithley will speak at 7 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada St. The event is free and open to the public.

Pitcaithley has devoted his career to public history and the preservation of national parks. He retired in 2005 from the National Park Service where he served as Chief Historian and was responsible for the management and preservation of the country's national resources.

The former President of the National Council for Public History, Pitcaithley has served on the editorial board of The Public Historian, and he presently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of American History.

Pitcaithley received his Ph.D. in History from Texas Tech University and currently teaches history at New Mexico State University. He has published several papers pertaining to public memory and the role of historic sites in public education, including "Historic Sites: What Can Be Learned from Them," for which he won the James Madison Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters are provided. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Wilson at 819-6339.