Heart and Soul of Florida, written by Elsbeth Gordon, looks at Florida’s “structures” and puts them into their historical context. It’s a look at Florida’s history through its buildings. These range from the pre-European Mount Royal to current religious and civic buildings – all beautifully represented in a number of photographs and illustrations. From the book’s description:
Gordon inspires the general and professional public to see Florida’s built environment as a rich continuum of history and identity that shaped and continues to impact Florida’s culture—from the mundane to the transcendent. These humanizing places, many of which endure permanently in the landscape, represent an “architecture of the soul.”
Elsbeth Gordon is a research associate at the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and serves on the board of directors for the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. She is also the author of Florida’s Colonial Architectural Heritage.
Beth Rogero Bowen has done it again with this new edition to her Postcard History Series, St. Augustine in the Roaring Twenties. This period saw the marshes of Anastasia Island filled in to become Davis Shores subdivision and the beautiful Bridge of Lions built to connect the island to the city. And that was just one part of the land boom that impacted our area. All of it, however, came crashing down in the real estate crash in the late 1920s. These events and more are documented with an amazing collection of postcards and photographs. My personal favorite is a portrait of young Miss Ellender Alden who would touch many lives in this community during her teaching career that spanned the better part of 50 years.
America’s real first Thanksgiving didn’t involve Pilgrims and the menu quite likely included alligator. That’s because the real first Thanksgiving happened in September 1565 in St. Augustine with the Spanish colonists under Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Timucua Indians as participants. According to Robyn Gioia in her book, America’s REAL First Thanksgiving, this event happened on September 8, 1565 – more than 50 years before the Pilgrims headed to the New World.
The staff at the Florida Public Archaeology Network have all the details about this delightful book on their blog, The Dirt on Public Archaeology. You can also visit Robyn’s site to learn more about this and other books she’s written.