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December 07, 2013 - December 07, 2013
Community Pig Out at the De Soto Site
For over 40 years, Florida State University’s (FSU) Anthropology Department has held an annual gathering to roast a whole pig in memory of the legacy for the department’s founding professors, Dr. Hale Smith. In 2013 FSU has partnered with the Florida Department of State and the Panhandle Archaeological Society at Tallahassee (P.A.S.T.) to bring this celebration to the community. The first community "Pig Out" is being held at the Governor Martin House, where archaeologists discovered evidence of the conquistador Hernando de Soto's 1539-1540 winter encampment. According to historical records, de Soto brought with him a herd of pigs, which may have been eaten during the first Christmas feast in what would become the United States - find out more here. The Pig Out will commemorate this historical event and will celebrate the Capital Region’s rich cultural heritage. This family friendly event will feature a mock archaeological dig, an atl atl spear throwing competition, traditional pottery and archery, artifact displays, and more. Plates of fresh roast pork and fixings will be $10 for adults and $4 for kids. Cash and check only please. Parking will be available at The Moon on East Lafayette Street.About Hale Smith
Hale Smith was one of the founders of the FSU Anthropology Department. He discovered many sites throughout Florida and revolutionized understanding of our past. An outdoor sport magazine once asked Dr. Smith to demonstrate the ancient spear thrower, the atl atl, in a hunt. Dr. Smith agreed to participate, and much to his surprise, he quickly dispatched a wild pig during a hunting expedition. He was likely the first person to successfully hunt with an atl atl in Florida in thousands of years. After his passing, Dr. Smith's students, friends, and family began gathering and roasting a whole pig in memory of his legacy and the tradition continues today.Hernando de Puerco sketch by Eduardo Miyar
December 11, 2013 -
Historical Marker Council
The State Historical Marker Council will meet to review Florida Historical Marker Applications.
December 12, 2013 -
Florida Historical Commission Meeting
The Florida Historical Commission will hold its December meeting for the purposes of conducting commission business and assisting the Division of Historical Resources in carrying out the purposes, duties, and responsibilities of the division.
December 15, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Solstice Celebration and Commemorative Mass
Celebrate both Native American and Spanish culture with a blend of winter traditions! The event is scheduled to include:
- A commemorative Mass with Bishop Gregory Parkes at 2 pm
- Artisans selling their fine crafts
- Stomp dancing with the Muskogee Creeks
- A flute and drum circle
- The Ruediger Math Drummers
- Hands-on archery
- Primitive weapon demos
- Presentations on astronomy, The Maritime World of Ponce de Leon, and the San Luis crystal cross
- Viewing of the sun and pre-solstice stars with scopes provided by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society
- Children’s make-and-take craft activities
- Food vendors
December 17, 2013 -
Florida Folklife Council Meeting
To conduct the business of the council review and rank the 2014 Heritage Award nominations.
December 17, 2013 - December 17, 2013
Grants Management Webinar
Grants Management Webinar, intended to explain the current management process for 2014 Small Matching Grant projects including Reports and Payments; Procurement of Consultants; Contractors and Vendors; Close-out and Final Products.