Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America

Tapestry Exhibition

April 4 to October 4, 2015 at the Visitor Information Center – Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America is a signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition that shares the story of how three intertwining cultures – Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans – came together to form the foundation of the American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. The exhibition debuts during St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary year.The fusion of culture began in St. Augustine in 1565 when Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés arrived with 800 colonists to settle the New World in the name of Spain. It was an ambitious attempt at colonization, one that would become the foundation for the most lasting European settlement in the United States. The newly arrived colonists were Hispanics and Africans. When they stepped off the ship onto the soils of the first permanent American colony, they became Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans for the first time. This was the beginning of both the Latin-American and African-American experiences in the New World. The colonists survived because Native Americans at the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy allowed them to occupy and modify Indian structures, even digging a moat around a council house for fortification. The intermingling of Native Americans, Hispanics and Africans was the very beginning of the diverse American culture, one that characterizes our nation today.This state-of-the-art exhibition features authentic objects, original documents and interactive elements. The exhibition anchors a citywide passport program that connects visitors, residents and students with important historical sites and programs throughout St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

Date and Time:

9:00am - 5:00pm April 4, 2015 - October 4, 2015


Visitor Information Center
10 W. Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Event Repeat Summary:

This exhibition is on display from April 4 to October 4, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Zuberer



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