Florida leaders are hoping the state's 500th anniversary celebration will instill a sense of state identiy and generate an economic boost.
» Florida's Hispanic Heritage Conference
When: Oct. 17-20, 2012
Where: Several locations, including the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay History Center, the Centro Asturiano and the Cuban Club of Tampa
The academic conference will be held in conjunction with a weeklong series of community events and a teacher training workshop on Florida's Hispanic Heritage.
» Artistic Representation of Florida Throughout 500 Years
When: September 2012 through April 2013
Where: 22nd floor of Capitol Gallery, Tallahassee
Organized by the Florida Humanities Council and the University of South Florida, the art exhibit sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs will include works by Christopher Still, Theodore Morris and Xavier Cortada.
» Great Floridians Traveling Chautauqua Tour
When: 2013 (dates to be announced)
Where: 30 to 40 locations around the state to be announced
The free, traveling road show will feature re-enactments of a host of Florida historical figures, including Seminole warrior Osceola, Cypress Gardens founder Dick Pope and Everglades advocate Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
» Imagining La Florida: Ponce De Leon & the Quest for the Fountain of Youth
Where: Frost Museum at Florida International University (will later travel to Tampa and Palm Beach)
The exhibit will display a unique blend of art, artifacts and technology that re-create the cultural and literal landscape of the Florida that 16th-century Spanish explorers encountered when they arrived here.
» La Florida, Myth and Fantasy, 1513-1565, the Quest for the Fountain of Youth
Where: St. Augustine
This historical narrative documentary, which is being filmed by Universal Views TV Productions, will bring to life Ponce de León, Menéndez de Avilés and Escalante Fontaneda by re-enacting their respective arrivals in Florida.
» Tall Ship Parade
Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico, Miami, Jacksonville
The parade of ships, which is being organized by the Spain-Florida Foundation, will retrace Ponce de Leon's journey from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Miami, ending in Jacksonville. The ships will not travel to the St. Augustine port because it is too shallow.
» Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps
When: September 2013 through February 2014
Where: Tampa Bay History Center
This temporary exhibition will feature more than 100 maps, the earliest dating to 1493, and will be the largest collection of rare and antiquarian Florida maps ever exhibited.
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