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Regional Meeting in Northwest Florida a Thundering Success!
Photo Credit: Foundation 500 Years España-Florida

The Viva Florida 500 partnership gathered in Pensacola on July 19, 2012 to share plans for the 500 year commemoration and to network with others planning northwest Florida and statewide Viva Florida 500 projects.


The University of West Florida hosted the partners in their Museum of Commerce, which provided an amazing backdrop for presentations. More than 100 people attended from many diverse regional and local organizations to learn about several incredible projects that will stimulate economic/business development, expand tourism and enhance education in northwest Florida. We are also grateful for the kind support of the Florida Channel, who recorded the event for live web broadcast to a wider audience.


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Join us for our next meetings!

September 5, 2012 at 1 PM EST for our Central Florida regional meeting, located at the The Orange County Regional History Center, Linda W. Chapin Gallery, 65 East Central Boulevard  Orlando, FL 32801

October 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM EST for our Statewide Leadership Forum, located at the Flagler College Auditorium, 74 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084


Dive In: Explore the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail  

The Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail consists of 12 unique shipwrecks along Florida's Panhandle, situated offshore of Pensacola, Destin, Panama City, and Port St. Joe. The project is a product of the Underwater Archaeology Team of the Florida Department of State's Bureau of Archaeological Research in the Division of Historical Resources in partnership with Panhandle waterfront communities.  


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A Look Back in Time: de Bry Engravings of the Timucua Indians 


Order of March Observed by Outina on a Military Expedition

The State Library and Archives of Florida, in conjunction with the Florida Department of State's Viva Florida 500 commemoration, is pleased to present Theodor de Bry's 16th century engravings of the Timucua Indians. Digital copies of the de Bry engravings are made possible by a donation from the Michael W. and Dr. Linda Fisher Collection, facilitated and curated by Laura Lee Corbett.   


Expedition Florida 500 Returns Home from First Conservation Paddle 
By: Justin Riney, CEO/Founder, Mother Ocean

Expedition Florida 500's (XF500) first Conservation Paddle from July 21 -27, 2012, down the Apalachicola River was a huge success. The seven-day journey covering the entire 107 miles of the river was an opportunity to experience the rewards and challenges that lie ahead as they paddle board the entire state of Florida in 2013 with their Viva Florida 500 project, Expedition Florida 500. The Apalachicola River and the area around it has plenty of history, which they learned about firsthand from the locals. Throughout the journey the team was tested with all the elements a typical Florida summer has to offer, braving a few thunderstorms and getting relief from the hot sun by swimming in the cool river.


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Reliving the Founding of St. Augustine 
By: Davis Walker, President, Florida Living History 

Photo courtesy of Florida Living History, Inc.

A proud partner of Viva Florida 500, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to informing our state's citizens and visitors about Florida's colonial and territorial past. Operating exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, FLH uses living-history programs, demonstrations and recreated portrayals to tell Florida's rich and diverse colonial story, as well as our state's contribution to American history.


One example of FLH's annual living-history events is Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the Founding of St. Augustine, which is held every September, in partnership with Mission Nombre de Dios, located at 27 Ocean Ave., in St. Augustine, FL.  


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Become a Calendar County!

Spotlight your county in the FAC Calendar - Submissions open for 2013 Viva Florida 500 Calendar


The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2013 Calendar is themed Viva Florida 500 - Celebrating Florida's 500th Anniversary. So with that theme in mind, please send FAC historical photographs of your county.  These photos can date back to the late 1800's or earlier - they should celebrate or commemorate Florida's diverse history. Below you will find the mechanical specs they need for each picture. 


Having 67 fantastic counties and only 13 photo slots available, they will do their best to cover all areas of Florida. Start looking through your photo files today and send them your selection of photos by the September 10th deadline.


Artwork Specs:  Minimum of 2,000 pixels accepted but 3,000 pixels preferred.  File format: .jpg at high-quality compression size.  Shoot at the highest resolution possible. They will accept 8 x 10 prints or 35 mm slides, but digital format is preferred. Do not send PDF's or images imbedded in Word files.


Visit their web page for more information. 


For questions, please contact FAC's Corporate Relations Coordinator Stephanie Smith, 850-922-4300 or 

August 2012
In This Issue
Regional Meeting in Northwest Florida a Thundering Success!
Save the Date!
Dive In and Explore the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail
A Look Back in Time: de Bry Engravings of the Timucua Indians
Expedition Florida 500 Returns Home from First Conservation Paddle
Reliving the Founding of St. Augustine
Become a Calendar County!
Important Upcoming Dates
New World Spice Rub Recipe
Welcome New Partners!

Important Upcoming Dates 

August 18-27, 2012 -- XF500 Conservation Paddle in the Florida Keys and Biscayne Bay

September 5, 2012 -- Viva Florida 500 Central Florida Regional Meeting in Orlando
September 8, 2012 -- Living History presents Founding Day 2012

New World Spice Rub Recipe 
Recipe by Chef Irv Miller, Pensacola Celebrity Chefs

The perfect seasoning for all your Florida cooking! 

Serving Size: Makes 1 Cup

- 1 tsp smoke sweet paprika  powder
- 1 tsp guajillo chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp allspice
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp ground corriander
- 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup Hojiblanca (Spanish) extra virgin olive oil

Place all measured ingredients into a medium-size mixing bowl and combine by using a whisk to blend evenly.
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