Community Meeting & Dinner

Slight change in the program! Regretfully our guest speaker had to reschedule. So instead we’ve planned the following…


Are you aware of the ties Historic Springfield has with St. Augustine and Norman Studios?

Historian Dr. Thomas Graham will deliver an engaging talk and visual presentation chronicling the days when the likes of Rudolph Valentino and Theda Bara commanded the spotlight in the nation’s Oldest City.

St. Augustine provided picturesque settings for a slew of films depicting not just the Ancient City itself, but also varied locales including Hawaii, Africa, France, Egypt and even the Arctic, using the fine beach sand to double as snow drifts. Among the earliest films shot in St. Augustine was A Florida Enchantment, considered one of the first – and most controversial of its day – fantasy films.

Bara, the original vamp, had her first cinematic success here with A Fool There Was in 1915. Pearl White kept locals laughing as she shot her silent serial, The Perils of Pauline. Ethel Barrymore filmed at the Three Oaks estate in Lincolnville. And of course, Valentino surely made St. Augustinians of the fairer sex swoon while shooting his romance, Stolen Moments.

And to bring it all together, Dr. Wingo will share Norman Studios current projects. Dr. Wingo is a retired UF attorney, professor, and Norman Studios Board Member.


Dinner at 6:30PM, Presentation will begin at 7:00PM.

The following will be provided: ham, potatoes, vegetable, homemade ice cream, tarts, drinks. Feel free to bring a salad, side, or bottle of wine.

RSVP's encouraged to ensure we have plenty of food.

November 17, 2016 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Springfield Improvement Association and Archives Building
210 W 7th St
Jacksonville, FL 32206
United States
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Fran Downing Carlos and Anita Spencer Bob Hauser Kimberly Malajati Lani Ruffolo Lisa Peth Kenny Logsdon michelle mizrahi

Will you come?