As Flagler College marks the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, the 2013 Community Lecture Series presents, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.” The series will feature a lineup of historians and scholars discussing Henry Flagler’s vision for St. Augustine, social classes and American politics during the late 19th century, the influence of art, music and literature during the Gilded Age, as well as other exciting topics.
Dr. Tom Graham
"Life and Leisure in Flagler's St. Augustine"
Dr. Alan Woolfolk
"The Rise of the WASP Establishment"
Dr. Arthur Vanden Houten
"Faith, Fortune and Empire: Henry Flagler, Florida Politics and the Rise of America's Global Ambition"
Dr. Roger Bradley
"The 'Robber Barons:' Neither Robbers Nor Barons"
Dr. Brenda Kauffman
"The Golden Gleam of the Gilded Surface and the Cheapness of the Metal: Political Corruption and American Policy Reforms in the 19th Century"
Prof. Leslee Keys
"The Modern Wonder of the Ancient City: The Myth and the Marvel of the Hotel Ponce de Leon"
Prof. Catherine McFarland
"The Aesthetic Movement in America"
Dr. Michele Gregoire
"Community Intersections: FSDB's Music Education Programs and the Hotel Ponce de Leon, 1891-1916"
Prof. Luciana Gassett
"American Artistic Printing & Design Inspiration at the Turn of the Century"
Dr. Judith Burdan
"Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: Money, Power, and the 'New Woman' in the Gilded Age"
Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required, but space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.
Call (904) 819-6282 for reservations or more information.
To watch a live stream of these lectures, please visit the Community Lecture Series UStream Channel.
The Flagler College Community Lecture Series was established in 2007 to expose the St. Augustine community to select topics from local experts and Flagler faculty. Previous topics covered: