Manatee Village Historical Park is pleased to host award-winning author and history professor Dr. Steven Noll in a compelling Power-Point presentation titled The Spanish Legacy of Florida. Dr. Noll is a frequent speaker on the Florida Humanities Council Speakers Bureau roster. His timely visit on Tuesday, October 14 at 1:00 pm, coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated in Florida from September 15 – October 15. Dr. Noll’s program will highlight the long influence of Spain and Spanish culture on the Sunshine State from early exploration to today’s multi-cultural (and multi-lingual) society.
Beginning with the periods of Spanish control and how they shaped Florida into a very different place than those colonies settled by the English and the French, he will move on to speak on the differing forms of labor established under the Spanish and how that affected race relations. Dr. Noll will note the origins of Florida agriculture stemming back to the introduction by the Spanish of Andalusian cattle (the descendants of which we now refer to as “Cracker Cattle”). He will also comment on how nearby Ybor City and Tampa were molded by the Spanish influence.
Dr. Noll will finish the program remarking on the return of the Spanish influence in the last half of the 20th century. The audience will gain a better understanding of how the everyday reminders of the Spanish heritage – seen through art, architecture, culture, cuisine and music – have evolved.
The location for this special program is the historic Church at Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida. Admission is Free. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more info call (941) 741-4076. “Funding for this program has been provided by the Florida Humanities Council and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.” The program is produced by R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD. He previously taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. In 2012 he was recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the 300 best professors in the nation. Only 10 other Florida professors earned this designation
As an author, Dr. Noll has written extensively on two widely disparate topics- Florida history & the environment and disability history. In 2009, he published the award winning Ditch of Dreams, about the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal. In 2010 this book received the Rembert Patrick Award for the best scholarly book on Florida history and the Michael Thomason Award for the Best Book in Gulf South history. He is currently working on two books- one on the disability rights movement of the 1970s, and the other on Florida environmental policy and the politics of removing the Rodman Dam on the Dam on the Ocklawaha River.
About National Hispanic Heritage Month:
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. Courtesy – The Library of Congress
About the Clerk’s Office
The Clerk of the Circuit Court was established as a public trustee by the Florida Constitution in 1838. The Clerk of the Circuit Court serves as the Clerk of Courts, the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder, and Custodian of all County Funds. In Manatee County, the Clerk’s office also administers a child support enforcement program, violence protection advocacy program and Teen Court programs. Located at 1115 Manatee Avenue West in Downtown Bradenton, the Courthouse is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please be sure to visit our web site at www.manateeclerk.com