French heritage in Florida celebrated through an animated short film: “The French in Florida”
Last year on May 1st 2012, to launch the commemorations of the 450th anniversary of French presence in Florida, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Consul general of France in Miami Gael de Maisonneuve were in Jacksonville to welcome two schooners of the French navy, which sailed on St Johns River before arriving in downtown’s Jacksonville.
The Ambassador of France to the United States, François Delattre, also went to Fort Caroline and Jacksonville where he highlighted the importance of the Transatlantic relations and paid tribute to the longstanding ties connecting the two countries as well as the one bounding France and the State of Florida.
Following his tour of the North-east coast of Florida, the French Ambassador attended a firsthand meeting at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee during which a French caucus was launched following the initiative of its now-Chairman State Senator Anitere Flores.
Following these events, the animated short film “The French in Florida” based on the historic Jacques Le Moyne and Theodor de Bry engravings of early Florida (1562-1566) will be screened in two sessions Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm.
The Consul general of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve, for whom it would be the last visit to Tallahassee, will be attending the screenings.
Produced by the UF Digital Worlds Institute with assistance from the France-Florida Research Institute, the film is narrated by renowned Florida historian Dr. Michael Gannon.
The Executive Director of DWI, James Oliverio, will describe the development of this fabulous project during the premiere scheduled at 6:15 pm, while the archeologist and descendant of Theodor de Bry, Dr. John de Bry will explain the context surrounding the engravings made by his ancestor.
The music will be performed in live by a string quartet from the University of Florida during both projections.
Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served to brighten the evening.
For more information, please visit www.flhistoriccapitol.gov
Premiere and program at 6:15 pm
Encore showing at 7:30 pm
Presentations by Dr. John de Bry and Mr. James Oliverio
In the presence of Consul general of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve.
Please visit the Florida Memory program’s online exhibit at www.floridamemory.com/collections/debry/
Venue: Florida Historic Capitol Museum
400 South Monroe Street, room B-06
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Article published May 22, 2013.