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St. Augustine Enters The Twenty-First Century

St. Augustine Enters The Twenty first Century

From this book, one can learn what is indeed old and what features have been introduced over time. Sections on black history, religion and our precious coastline are included along with a look at traditional historic sites and evolving landmarks. An entire chapter is devoted to the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. Archeological discoveries over the decades provide new insights into our history.

The volume covers the past three decades of change covering the ’80s, ’90s and into 2000. It is a companion piece to St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History published in 1980 covering the five decades leading to the founding of St. Augustine and the subsequent survival of America’s first continuously occupied European settlement.

The volume of 224 pages and 233 color and black and white photos provides insights into recent changes in the Oldest City. While striving to preserve its history and heritage, the town continues to keep in step with inevitable growth and development.

Black history is covered with the new Freedom Trail featured. Religious growth and changes in the ever changing St. Johns County is described.  The World Golf Hall of Fame and the Tournament Players Championship (TPC) at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra came about during this time period.


America’s First City – St. Augustine

America’s First City: St. Augustine’s Historic Neighborhoods

 

America’s First City was based on a survey of historic and architecturally significant sites and houses within the city limits of St. Augustine. It was conducted from 1970 to 1981 by the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. America's First City - Karen HarveyThe results were compiled into a 33-part series inThe St. Augustine Record which ran from September 1980 to May 1981 written by Harvey and later edited into book form. It is divided into neighborhoods permitting readers easy access to information they walk through the historic streets of St. Augustine.

In addition to specific houses and sites, the book covers a number of topics including family-run businesses, women, walls, streets and monuments.


Daring Daughters – A History of Women in St. Augustine – Karen Harvey

Daring Daughters

St. Augustine’s Feisty Females

Daring Daughters brings to life the timeless stories of women who over the centuries have faced adversity with courage, character and often humor. The tragedy of September 11, 2001, awakened the Western world to the atrocities inflicted on Islamic women. Daring Daughters - Karen Harvey, St. AugustineThough far less shocking, this collection of 20 stories spans a wide spectrum of time putting the plight of the oppressed into perspective.

The book opens with Antonia, the first Native American woman to be mentioned by name in European history journals. Lola Sanchez performs a heroic ride during the Civil War and Manuela Mickler is the poker-playing Minorcan Mama. Enterprising “Women Within” prove their worth at the Ximénez-Fatio house, and Lucy Abbott develops North City’s Abbott Tract. Kat Twine is a black woman who gets thrown into jail during the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Ramelle Petroglou fights City Hall to become the first female mayor and Peggy Reddy takes her place as the first female County Court judge.

The women presented in Daring Daughters found a way to live their lives as they desired. Some overcame obstacles; some created their own road blocks while seeking a dream. Whether their historic contributions were by default or intent, they left their mark. All of them were survivors.  Daring Daughters – a history of women in St. Augustine.


St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History

St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History

This coffee-table style pictorial was first published in 1980 (now in its ninth printing) by Donning Company Publishers of Norfolk, Virginia, the largest specialty pictorial history publisher in the United States. It is a summary of the rich history spanning more than four centuries of survival and success in St. Augustine, the Nation’s Oldest City. Well-documented text succinctly describes historic events with maps, charts and illustrations depicting the earliest centuries and photographs focusing on life after the camera.Pictorial History of St. Augustine and St. Johns County

The book is divided into the natural time periods of St. Augustine’s history. The story of the arrival of the founder, Don Pedro Menédez de Avilés in 1565 lends credence to the claim of this settlement being older than the British counterparts of Jamestown, Virginia (established 1607) and Plymouth Colony (1620).

The short twenty-year British Period of 1763-1784 is given substance with attention placed on the families of the group known as Minorcans who arrived in St. Augustine in 1777 and to this day remain the core group of St. Augustine’s population.
The return of the Spanish and the arrival of the peninsula into the fold of the United States bring the book up to the Gilded Age of Henry Morrison Flagler. The story of growth and change continues until 1980.
The book remains popular with residents whose roots are deeply planted in the soil as well as newcomers eager to familiarize themselves with the town and with visitors wishing to take a bit of history home with them.