"Florida’s Past Comes Alive" Oct. 14 at Florida Museum

September 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host “Florida’s Past Comes Alive,” featuring a historic re-enactor at 4 p.m. and an illustrated lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Admission is free, but access to the 6 p.m. lecture is limited to the first 200 guests.

Wynne Tatman, acting as a Timucuan named Turtle Woman, will perform “A Living History” at 4 p.m., a program by Heritage of the Ancient Ones that educates her audience on Florida native technology and customs. As Turtle Woman, she presents native foods, clothing, toys, weapons and cultural beliefs and practices. Heritage of the Ancient Ones is a multicultural, nonprofit organization offering educational and environmental awareness programs.

At 6 p.m., archaeologist Judith Bense will present “Spanish Colonial Presidios in West Florida: Holding Florida’s Western Border in the 18th Century.” Bense’s illustrated lecture will focus on new archaeological and historical information about three presidios, or fortified frontier settlements, that existed in Pensacola between 1698 and 1763. Tickets for the lecture, limited to two per person, are required and will be available at the Florida Museum’s front desk beginning at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

For more information, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 200.

“Florida’s Past Comes Alive” is co-sponsored by Trail of the Lost Tribes Inc. and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Media Contact: Paul Ramey,  (352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks