Before and After 1565: A Participatory Exploration of St. Augustin’s Native American History
Exhibition for Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously occupied european settlement in the US. A great deal of focus has been placed on its Spanish colonial development and its more recent resort hotel history, but little is available to the immediate public and visiting tourist population about the cultures that existed before the arrival of European settlers, and about native connections in the area since then. Before and After 1565… enlisted the help of local students, archaeologists, educators and other community outlets in order to further examine this cultural heritage and to provide a resource to the community in which to learn more about this vital part of St. Augustine history.
The project included a museum exhibition, as well as a Trolley Tour of local sites related to St. Augustine’s Indigenous and Native American history, a stand serving indigenous “Black Drink,” and an accompanying newspaper publication.