St. Augustine OK'd for History Project; Teachers' Workshops to Be Held as Part of National Humanities Initiative

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Byline: SHAWNA SUNDIN, The Times-Union

ST. AUGUSTINE -- The nation's oldest city has been selected as one of 17 places where teachers this summer will learn about the past at the very sites where historical events happened.

The Landmarks of American History Workshops for Schoolteachers program is part of President Bush's We the People initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

Nothing inspires teachers more than standing in the place where history was made such as the "storied streets of St. Augustine," said Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the organization Bush appointed to lead the We the People initiative.

Cole announced the launch of the $3 million Landmarks program Thursday at Flagler College where a workshop called "Spanish St. Augustine: Between Columbus and Jamestown" will be held in June and July. The National Endowment for the Humanities plans to have the workshops every summer.

St. Augustine was picked for many reasons including Flagler College's beautiful historic campus, Florida's deep commitment to the humanities and the state's strong leadership, Cole said.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity to introduce teachers of history to the real significance of St. Augustine's place in American history which has been traditionally overlooked in our history books," said Bill Adams, heritage tourism director for the city.

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