CONVOCATION OF SEMINOLE WAR HISTORIANS
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
August 11-13, 2017
This event will take place 11th-13th August 2017 and feature workshops and lectures from some of the foremost experts on the Seminole Wars, including - Steve Rinck, Chris Kimball, David Laffey, Alison Simpson and Dr. James M. Dunham. There will also be a living history event featuring over 40 reenactors in period dress, commemorating the 1842 funeral of Major Francis L. Dade, at the St. Augustine National Cemetery.
This annual heritage event is organized by the The Seminole Wars Foundation and West Point Society of North Florida.
*All appearances and events subject to change. Registration is necessary to access events except where noted 'Public Invited'.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
St. Augustine Officers Club, St Francis National Guard Barracks
1700 -- 1830 Informal meet/greet, early registration. Florida National Guard Museum open, with curator on site for personal tours. Light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
0830 -- 0930 Registration, welcome, orientation.
0930 -- 0950 Historical background, Alison Simpson, FL National Guard Historian.
0950 -- 1015 Move to St. Francis Barracks via Trolley, foot, POV.
1030 -- 1130 Parade and ceremony at pyramids in St. Augustine National Cemetery. PUBLIC INVITED Organized by the West Point Society of North Florida.
1130 -- 1200 Return to Trinity Hall.
1200 -- 1300 Lunch, award of coins. Steve Rinck, President Seminole Wars Foundation. Remarks by George Godfrey, President , West Point Society of North Florida.
1300 -- 1400 Seminole art and culture by Elgin Jumper and company.
1415 -- 1630 Breakout sessions: [Timing of individual sessions TBD]
1. Living history workshop. Ximenez-Fatio House Museum.
Chair: Steve Rinck. Seminole Wars Foundation.
2. Seminole Heritage and History. Trinity Hall.
Chair: Chris Kimball. Seminole Wars Foundation.
3. Archeology and Resurrection of Ft. King. Hendry Hall.
Chair: David Laffey. Fort King Historical Association
4. Current Research and Recent Literature. Trinity Hall.
Chair. Dr. James M. Denham. Chair, History Dpt., Fla. Southern College.
Ringhaver Student Union theater.
1900 -- 2000 Award winning authors John and Mary Lou Missall. Public invited.
"St. Augustine is Healthy and Delightful: Capt. John Rogers Vinton in the Second Seminole War."
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
Marc Lance National Guard Armory
0900 -- 1000 Buffet brunch.
1000 -- 1120 Reports from breakout chairmen. Commentary.
1130 -- 1145 Remarks, Guy Bachman, President, Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists.
1145 -- 1230 Presentation of special award, retrospective of efforts to promote interest in the history of the Seminole Wars.
1230 -- 1245 Conference chairman's concluding remarks.