The Gálvez Symposium — a study of the 18th century Governor of Louisiana and Viceroy of New Spain Bernardo de Gálvez — will bring together a panel of historians, as well as an artist, to explore the Spanish statesman’s role in American independence, as well as his role in delivering West Florida from the British in 1781.
The Pensacola Heritage Foundation, which is hosting this free event, is currently involved in a campaign to raise funds for a Galvez monument for downtown Pensacola. The organization has raised more than $277,000 of the needed $400,000 for the 19-foot-tall monument.
The symposium is scheduled April 28 at 9:30 a.m., at the Museum of Commerce in downtown Pensacola.
Speakers for the event include:
Captain Robert Rasmussen, noted artist/sculptor whose works have been displayed at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, National Air and Space Museum, Astronaut Hall of Fame and the NASA Museum. Captain Rasmussen will speak on the process of envisioning and sculpting the 11′ bronze statue of Galvez astride his horse, his hat raised in victory.
Dr. Roger Smith, the author of several works on early American History, including The 14th Colony, Hope of Freedom, and Women of the American Revolution is a noted public speaker and a member of the Florida Humanities Council speaker’s bureau. Dr. Smith, who holds a PhD in History from the University of Florida, will speak on the role of Bernardo de Gálvez on the Gulf Coast.
Dr. Caroline Castillo Crimm, Professor Emeritus from Sam Houston State University is a noted historian and public speaker. She will speak on the 18th century in Northern New Spain and the role that Gálvez played in assisting the patriot cause in the American Revolution.
Ms. Nancy Fetterman, public historian and noted community leader who helped initiate the effort to construct a monument in Gálvez’s honor. Ms. Fetterman, who holds an MA in History from the University of West Florida, will speak on the broad-ranging initiative that spanned the Atlantic.
For more information on the Pensacola Heritage Foundation’s efforts to build a monument to Galvez, click here.