Current Member Units of Florida Living History, Inc. La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León / The Company of Juan Ponce de León (c. 1513 - 1521) For further information: email@example.com La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León (The Company of Juan Ponce de León) was formed in 2009 in preparation for Florida’s upcoming 500th anniversary in 2013.The group portrays the 16th-century company of Don Juan Ponce de León, the founder of Florida, who led the first documented European expedition to what is now the continental United States in 1513 and established the first European colony in the continental U.S. in 1521.The purpose of laCompañía is to offer a historically accurate, research-based presentation of the men and women – European, Black, and Native American – who participated in Florida’s founding at the dawn of the 16th century. Los Presidiales de San Agustin For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org FLH’s newest member group, Los Presidiales de San Agustin was formed in 2010. This group focuses on 17th and 18th century living history, including all aspects of military, civilian, and cultural life in colonial St Augustine.
Calderon's Company (c. 1539) Web site: http://mysite.verizon.net/calderonscompany/ For further information: email@example.com Calderon's Company is a group of “living-history” volunteers based at the De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Florida. The organization is named after Capitán Pedro Calderón, who was left in charge of Hernando de Soto’s base camp, with approximately 100 soldiers and sailors, when De Soto began his entrada into Florida in June of 1539. Since 1993, members of the group have portrayed the daily life of these 16th-century conquistadors in the Tampa Bay area. Additionally, Calderon’s Company has done public demonstrations at state parks and museums throughout Florida and elsewhere in the U.S.The group also frequently participates in 16th-century re-enactments in St. Augustine and has appeared in a number film and video projects for museums, parks, and on television. La Compañeros de la Cocina/ The Companions of the Kitchen (c. 1513 - 1704) For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org La Compañeros de la Cocina (The Companions of the Kitchen) was begun 2008 as a venue for those interested in studying and re-creating the food and foodways of Florida and the southeastern United States in the 16th and 17th centuries.The group’s goal is to assist in the authentic and historically accurate reproduction of our region’s early cuisine and culinary customs (within the bounds of modern hygiene and safety standards). The Textile Guild of St. Augustine, Inc. (18th century) For further information: email@example.com For over 20 years, the Textile Guild of St. Augustine has dedicated itself to preserving and teaching the textile arts of Florida’s colonial past.These include spinning, weaving, natural dyeing, knitting, lace-making, felting, crocheting, and basketry – skills necessary for survival and for personal comfort during the colony’s early days. This group also sponsors the annual Colonial Arts & Crafts Fair in St. Augustine, Florida, which features numerous artisans and craftspeople offering living history demonstrations of their various period trades.