|Eusebio Leal. Photo: Office of the Havana City Historian|
A news release about his visit is below:
Dr. Eusebio Leal, Cuba’s leading preservationist who is lauded for saving the country’s Habana Vieja district, will give a talk on his lifelong endeavors at Flagler College on Sunday, Oct. 11.
“He is dynamic and daring in his passionate commitment to preserve Havana,” said Dr. Leslee Keys, Flagler College’s director of historic preservation. “He has become legendary in his work.”
Keys was quick to point out parallels between the rise of the preservation movement in Cuba, as well as in St. Augustine and the greater United States.
As relations with Cuba rapidly grow, Leal’s visit is an opportunity to learn from the renowned historian, and to showcase historic St. Augustine — a town that arguably shares Havana’s colonial evolution.
“Finally, we can feature the Hotel Ponce de Leon from where Henry Flagler launched a resort career that included hotels and steamships that traveled to Havana, as well as to Florida and the Bahamas,” Keys added.
The event, sponsored by the college’s Public History program and Humanities Department, is free and open to the public, and will be held in Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., at 5 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice. For more information on this, call (904) 826-8572. For general information about the event, call (904) 819-6205.