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Students to interact with Jefferson

Edenbo will focus on Jefferson as the renowned statesman who adapted and developed his most effective leadership techniques with the commitment and risk of a decades-long political career, and the secrets of great achievement as the nation’s third President who wished to lead and revolutionize the country. Edenbo will also cover The Declaration of Independence and issues intrinsic to that document, Jefferson’s service as Secretary of State with an emphasis on his conflict with Alexander Hamilton, Jefferson’s Vice Presidency with an emphasis on his conflict with John Adams, especially the Alien & Sedition Acts, and Jefferson’s Presidency with an emphasis on the election of 1800, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Embargo Act. For more information, visit the website at

On Friday, Jan. 25, performances will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am in the school auditorium at Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West in St. Augustine and from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm in the school auditorium at St. Augustine High School, 3205 Varella Avenue in St. Augustine.

Students attending the presentations are invited from a variety of International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) programs, and Duel Enrollment, along with honors and U.S. Government, Economics, Geography, Language and History classes.

The NSCDA-FL brings more than 14 years of historic character performances to students throughout northeast Florida including re-enactors who specialize as Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and other founding fathers. The award-winning performances are recognized by the NSCDA-FL’s historic re-enactor program Lamar Award for Excellence in the Historical Activities category. NSCDA-FL has a mission to support public outreach which promotes the nation’s heritage through preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. NSCDA-FL is the owner operator of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum at 20 Aviles in historic downtown St. Augustine, Fla.

The presenters are well versed in the portrayal of their characters including personalities, cultural nuances, and history with an interactive presentation and question and answers from the students. The school programs are coordinated by the Dames, school teachers, and school district department supervisors along with a curriculum and essay contest. The programs are designed to share a much deeper understanding of the people and issues that shaped the United States and inspire enthusiasm about history.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is open for tours from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm and guided tours of the buildings and rooms are available from 10 am until 2:30 pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays. The property is available for group functions including weddings and events. During tours, regular admission is $5 for St. Johns County residents; adults $10; children, students, seniors and military $8, and the family rate is $25. Private group rates are $6.50 per person.

The Ximenez-Fatio House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Buildings Survey. It is a Florida Heritage Landmark and is also recognized as an integral part of the St. Augustine Town Plan National Historic Landmark District. The House is rated as a top attraction in St. Augustine by TripExpert along with TripAdvisor as a Certificate of Excellence designation venue, awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn the highest levels of reviews from travelers.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida (NSCDA-FL) was incorporated in 1899. In 1939, they bought the Ximenez-Fatio House from the Fatio heirs to use as their state house museum. Considered as one of St. Augustine’s best-preserved Spanish colonial dwellings, the museum depicts the boarding house lifestyle of Florida’s Territorial/Early Statehood Period. It is one of the first museums in America to interpret 19th century women’s history. Visit Twitter at and the Facebook page at View the video at


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