Flagler College announced this week that Dr. Leslee Keys is a recipient of the William L. Proctor Award from the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute for her book "Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Flagler's Gilded Age Palace." Keys' book covers the history of the building from construction in 1888 through the opening of Flagler College in 1966 and the major renovation work coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.
The release also notes that Keys was recently recognized with the Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Keys serves Flagler as assistant professor of history and director of historic preservation for the college.
A review of the book accompanied by a Q&A section with Keys was published by The St. Augustine Record in January 2016.