The UWF Historic Trust Education Department offers a wide variety of programming to educate and serve the public. We offer public presentations on a myriad of topics related to west Florida history, interpret several historical periods, provide themed tours daily, and educators offer outreach presentations at your location upon request and dependent on availability. Please check the calendar or contact our Education Staff directly for current events.
Florida's Territorial Bicentennial Documentary
When Floridans Became Americans
July 17, 1821 was the date when Spain transferred Florida to the United States at a formal ceremony in Pensacola, creating the counties of Escambia and St. John's. Two hundred years later, the city, county and state governments empowered a local commission to commemorate the territorial bicentennial, but early plans were derailed by the global pandemic. This is the story of how a community overcame obstacles to create a people's celebration of history — one that looked beyond the "great men" and centered the diverse population of 1821.