Lightner Museum, Thursday June 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.: Dr. Ann Browning Masters will present “Writing Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle Whip Crackers: Growing Up in St. Augustine”. In a short talk before the reading, Masters will share some of the “old St. Augustine ways” that lit back-burner stories for her writing. Bold, humorous, sometimes heart-tugging, these oral traditions describe deep España's convergence and melding with the Deep South. The community is invited to this insider's view of anthropology and religion on the street. Master’s oral presentation will include rum-running and “shine”, the Menorcan pedigree, the incognito Menorcan, as well as life before and after 1964.
This program is free and open to the public. Please enter through the Café Alcazar entrance on Granada Street. Free parking is available in the lot behind the museum.
Author Ann Browning Masters is a 12th generation Floridian. She is a Floridana, a descendant of the Spanish settlers who came to Florida during the First Spanish Period, and a Menorcan, a descendant of the Mediterraneans who settled in St. Augustine during Florida's British Period. She first shared oral traditions from Floridanos, Menorcans, and the Crackers who entered Florida during territorial days at the 1996 Florida Folk Festival. In addition to sharing stories of common people who became part of the cultural roots of St. Augustine, she was interviewed and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives. She continues to read from her writings on Floridanos and Menorcans in the Eckerd College Road Scholar program. In 2015 Dr. Masters was knighted by the St. Augustine Easter Festival for her dedication in promoting St. Augustine's Spanish heritage.
“This will be the first time I will be speaking about defining moments in my life that led to my actual “warts and all” writing.” – Dr. Ann Browning Masters
Masters will be available for a book signing after the talk. Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine, was published by the Florida Historical Society Press in 2015 and will be available for purchase.
The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses and sponsors.