Oct. 9, 2013,
Dr. Alan Woolfolk, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Flagler College announced the award of a $25,000 Community Enrichment grant from the Joy McCann Foundation, established by Joy and Hugh Culverhouse of Tampa, Florida, noting, “We are pleased to partner, once again, with the Joy McCann Foundation for another project that can benefit the greater St. Augustine community.”
The project, “Unearthing First America: Exploring St. Augustine’s Archaeological Heritage” will expand the College’s academic archaeology program and pursue intensive exploration and interpretation of archaeological sites within a community laboratory setting of greater St Augustine. This is Flagler College’s fifth McCann Foundation grant.
“Interest in local history is a defining characteristic of the St. Augustine community, and Flagler College’s archaeological field schools can demonstrate the natural connection this educational endeavor has with the community,” said Project Director and Flagler College Assistant Professor Dr. Bill Locascio.
According to Locascio, this program can complement those of the City of St. Augustine Archaeology Program and the Northeast Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, which is hosted at Flagler College.
“This project will enable students from a variety of disciplines to study St. Augustine history together and provide mentoring opportunities that can enrich student experiences,” said program co-director and Flagler Director of Historic Preservation Dr. Leslee Keys.
According to its mission, the Joy McCann Foundation’s Community Enrichment Grants Program is “designed to assist the designated organizations develop and/or deliver programs or services that meet the needs of their primary stakeholders and thereby enrich the community they serve.”