7th Annual FLCHE Conference

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Florida Council for History Education (FLCHE) is pleased to present our 7th annual conference at historic Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.  Please join us as we share our organization’s mission to promote history in education as a way to appreciate the progress and awareness of past and present events.  Conference presentations will reflect the theme, Turning Points in History.  All sessions will focus on building content knowledge, promoting history education and disciplinary literacy, and the use of primary sources.

FLCHE aligned our conference theme with the 2024 National History Day theme to support teaching and learning needs for next year's contest!

Dr. J. Michael Butler

When History and Nostalgia Collide: St. Augustine’s Confederate Monument

Dr. J. Michael Butler is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at Flagler College, where he has taught since 2008. He has written more than 50 essays, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries for various academic journals such as the Journal of Americans Studies, the Journal of Southern History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, and Southern Cultures. His latest book, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960- 1980 won a 2017 Florida Book Award in nonfiction. Dr. Butler specializes in southern cultural history with an emphasis on the Civil Rights Movement and teaches a number of classes on the topics. His current project is an examination of Black popular cultural production between 1965 and 1980.

Life and Death in Colonial St. Augustine: Tales from America's Oldest Parish Archive, 1594-1821

Dr. J. Michael Francis received his PhD in History in 1998 from the University of Cambridge. Between 1997 and 2012, he taught at the University of North Florida. In 2012, Dr. Francis was named the Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and in 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Department of History and Politics at USFSP.

Dr. Francis has received more than two dozen national and international awards, including a four-year appointment as Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Jay I. Kislak Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. He served on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission and as curator of the traveling museum exhibit, Imagining La Florida: Juan Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth.

Dr. Francis has written and edited five books and numerous book chapters and articles. His most recent book, published in 2015, is entitled St. Augustine: America’s First City.

Dr. J. Michael Francis
Dr. Kimberly Voss


Sip and Scholarship Keynote

Newspaper Advice Columns: Creating Conversations, Questioning Social Mores & Predicting Elvis’ Popularity

Newspaper advice columns were common in the post-World War II years. These largely women-written columns were smart, interesting and often entertaining. The advice columns reflected both national and local issues. In doing so, these columns documented social change – including debates about gender, race and economic roles. Some specific content columns gave advice on health, finances and child care – as well as cooking and cleaning. Various columnists were experts and others interviewed sources. Many columns included letters from readers and allowed readers to respond to previous writers. These women and their work are important to understanding social and journalistic history.

Kimberly Voss, Ph.D., is a tenured professor of journalism and the journalism program coordinator in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at UCF. Her research interests include women’s studies, women and the media, journalism history, food history, media law and social media. She has published more than 30 articles about women and journalism history, including those in American Journalism, Journalism History and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

She is former chair of the history division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass communication.  She is currently a member of the Publications Board for the American Journalism Historians Association.



Conference Check-in is available on:

You will receive your name tag and conference materials at check-in. 

Friday, July 28, 2023
Pre-conference à la Carte Experiences

Participants can register their families and friends to join!


Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

11 Magnolia Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Registration for this event closes on 7/24 and space is limited.

We invite you to visit us for a fascinating, informative, entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original site of the Nation’s oldest city. Located in the area first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 and settled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, historic St. Augustine is the oldest successful European settlement in the United States. Colonial America started right HERE, 55 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and 42 years before Jamestown! With a long, rich history spanning nearly 500 years, the Fountain of Youth Park will delight and amaze you.

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Guided Tour of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

20 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Registration for this event closes on 7/24 and is limited to 15 people per tour.

Every Room Has a Story…
In 1798, Don Andres Ximenez built this fine three-story coquina home for his bride, Juana Pellicer. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of overnight guests sought refuge within our walls from war, sickness, hurricanes, and to start new adventures in the paradise of Florida, just to name a few. For 223 years this home has been owned and operated by generations of enterprising women and continues to still be owned and operated by women today.

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Guided Tour of the Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center

102 M L King Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Registration for this event closes on 7/24.

The rich history of the Black experience in St. Augustine, Florida is also the history of the Black experience in America.
In 1866, free men and women birthed Lincolnville: a community that found itself at the crossroads of history. Through exhibits and stories told from a local, intimate perspective, the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center chronicles 450 years of the winding road that is the black journey.
Come and experience the journey for yourself


3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Thomas Jefferson Experience--Sorry this experience has reached capacity.

102 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084

$32.00 - Share a meal with Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson
(meal includes chicken, Thomas Jefferson's favorite macaroni and cheese, vegetable, water, tea, soda, tax, and gratuity.  vegetarian option available)
$40.00 - Add a glass of wine

Registration for this event closes on 7/21 and is limited to 40 people.

The nation's premier Thomas Jefferson interpreter, Bill Barker, will provide us with an intimate experience with one of our Founding Fathers. Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for audiences across the U.S. since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. You won't want to miss this!

Additional drinks to be purchased separately.

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception / Sip & Scholarship

St. Augustine Historical Society

271 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Registration for this event closes on 7/21 and is limited to 40 people.

Florida Council for History Education will host an evening of libations and stories from the past! Join us at The St. Augustine Historical Society, as historian Dr. Kimberly Voss shares narratives of historical events through an informal and interactive lecture, over a glass of wine or local brew and light bites!

Cost includes two beverages and appetizers provided by Florida Council for History Education.

Saturday, July 29, 2023
Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College

50 Sevilla St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Parking:  Flagler College is pleased to reserve parking for our conference attendees on Saturday, July 29.  The number of spots available is limited to 80 and you will have the option to pre-pay $13 for parking when you register for the conference.

Conference Schedule at a Glance 

Registration, Breakfast (provided), and Exhibitor time8:00 am8:45 am
FLCHE Board Welcome8:50 am9:05 am
Keynote #19:05 am9:55 am
Session 1 (4 concurrent sessions)10:05 am10:55 am
Session 2  (4 concurrent sessions)11:05 am11:55 pm
LUNCH and Exhibitor time (dietary restrictions will be accommodated)12:00 pm12:45 pm
Keynote #212:45 pm1:35 pm
Session 3 (4 concurrent sessions)1:45 pm2:35 pm
Break, Exhibitor time, and last opportunity to buy raffle tickets2:35 pm2:55 pm
Session 4 (4 concurrent sessions)3:00 pm3:50 pm
Raffle Winners Announcements3:55 pm4:30 pm
Standard Rate (includes 1-year membership, reciprocal membership to NCHE, and breakfast and lunch) $85.00
Spouse (includes breakfast and lunch; does not include membership) $65.00
Full-time Student (includes breakfast and lunch; does not include membership) $65.00

Documentation for In-Service Credit is provided!

**Please note: You are not registered for the conference until you have submitted payment.
Registration fee is non-refundable.
Please proceed to payment by clicking the button to continue.


Purchase a Florida Council for History Education T-Shirt!  Pre-order by 7/21 and your shirt will be waiting for you at check-in, or purchase your shirt at the conference (limited sizing available).

Sizes Small-X-Large - $20.00

XX-Large $22.00

Purchase T-Shirts with Registration


We are excited to announce that our popular raffle will take place once again at this year's conference!  As a conference attendee, you can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win some amazing gifts.

​Raffle items include Gift Baskets, Books, Collectible Items, a Complimentary Registration to FLCHE's and NCHE's Annual Conferences, and more!

For a limited time, we are offering “Early Bird” raffle tickets.
Purchase 30 tickets for $25 before July 24, 2023!

Not to Worry...
If you wait until you get to the conference to purchase your raffle tickets, we will still have them available for only $1.00 each!

Check out these items up for raffle! More items to come....

Tampa Bay Bucs Autographed football

Dr. Roger Smith books

Outback Gift Card

Historic Tours of America-4 VIP Passes

A gift basket from Monticello

A set of markable Florida desk maps from Social Studies School Service

A set of books from Teachingamericanhistory.org

2024 conference registration from NCHE

Book from Veterans Heritage Project

Collectible U.S. coins from StatuesandStories.org

Tampa Bay Rays fan swag

Bill Barker's book, Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father

Florida Museum tickets

Hotel Accommodations

The FLCHE Conference preferred hotels are:

Homewood Suites: 10 Prawn St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (10 min. walk)


Book here: Reservations

King Room - $259
Double Queen Room - $289
The $25/day valet fee will be discounted to $13.95/day for each of your guests.

Bayfront Inn: 138 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (7 min. walk)


Mention FLCHE when booking.

Queen Room - $238
Queen View Room - $256
King Room - $238
King View Room - $247

Holiday Inn Express Historic: 601 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 (29 min. walk)


Code: FCE

Standard Double Room - $195

Hampton Inn Historic: 2050 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 (26 min. walk)


Book here: Reservations
Code: FCE

Standard Double Room - $255

*If you are a state employee or you are a member of an organization that is tax exempt, don’t forget to bring a copy of your tax-exempt certificate.  The hotels will accept these at check-in.


We would like to thank our 2023 Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors

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