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Keys publishes book for Flagler’s 50th

Aug 21, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

Director of Historic Preservation and Special Initiatives and Assistant Professor in History Dr. Leslee Keys, has published a new book with co-author Thomas Graham. The book, titled “Flagler College – The First Fifty Years 1968-2018,” remembers and celebrates the achievements of Flagler’s first 50 years as a college.

“Flagler College opened in 1968 during a decade that transformed the United States,” describes the book’s synopsis. “This new book, rich in details and images, depicts Flagler College’s first half century and celebrates individuals and achievements that ensured the institution’s future.”

This is the second book Keys has written with Graham. The pair published “Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Architecture & Decoration” in 2013. Keys served as associate editor for the 2015 book “St. Augustine America's First City: A Story of Unbroken History & Enduring History.” She also wrote and published “Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Flagler's Gilded Age Palace” in 2015, which won the inaugural William L. Proctor Award from the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute. This award is only one of many presented to Keys for her extensive research on Flagler College and St. Augustine’s history.

Keys began her career at Flagler in 2002. She oversees historic preservation projects on the campus and maintains the college’s fine and decorative arts collection. She recently served on the Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary committee and was the Faculty Senate representative to the Flagler College 50th Anniversary Steering Committee. In 2015, she directed the college’s participation in the visit by Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, including planning the Royal Luncheon hosted by Flagler College for sixty international dignitaries. Keys is currently working with Dr. Lori Lee and Julie Dickover to interpret tribal heritage at the Castillo de San Marcos under a research grant from the National Park Service.

To purchase “Flagler College – The First Fifty Years 1968-2018,” visit Flagler’s Legacy here. Her other books are also available for purchase on the Flagler’s Legacy website.

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