The Story Of Flagler College’s First 50 Years Told Through The People, Places And Things That Shaped It

Each of the 50 people, places and things that we selected represent a major milestone in the development of Flagler College. Our selections include the expected and the unexpected, ordinary, everyday objects and the extraordinary people that helped us turn nouns into verbs and change lives. Together, they tell our story. But it is not the complete story. Like all milestones, they indicate how far we have come. They do not measure the thousands of stepping stones, those everyday moments, the hard work and dedication, that got us to those key celebrated moments in our rich history.

In the Beginning

It was a year unlike any other in America. Young people were taking to the streets, protesting the war in Vietnam. Timothy Leary was encouraging students to turn on and drop out. Activists were demanding civil rights for all Americans. There were assassinations, space missions and protests. In the middle of this turmoil, Flagler College was founded in what was one of the grandest hotels of the Gilded Age.

The rest is history.