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50 Years of Preserving Florida's History

In 1967, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Claude Kirk signed into law the Florida Archives and History Act creating what we know today as the Museum of Florida History, the Division of Historical Resources and the State Archives of Florida, which are at the foundation of the department’s mission to preserve, promote and protect Florida history. This year marks the milestone 50th anniversary of this legislation and to celebrate the department will be hosting a variety of educational programs and special events throughout the year for families, history lovers and all Floridians.

Opening Reception - 35th Annual Quilt Show - Museum of Florida History

August 3, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Museum of Florida History for the opening reception of the 35th Annual Quilt Show "Sentimental Journey."  The Museum partners with Quilters Unlimited to present this exhibit.  The exhibit closes September 24, 2017. 

2nd Saturday Family Programs

August 12, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

September 9, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

October 14, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

These family-friendly programs feature different themes each month. Participants can take advantage of hands-on activities, guided tours and more.

August 12, 2017

Join the Museum of Florida History and Quilters Unlimited for the 35th Annual Quilt Show. This year’s theme is “Sentimental Journey,” and this interactive program will focus on how quilts are used to tell stories through fabric. Walk with an educator to “read” the beautiful stories sewn by Tallahassee quilters, and think of the stories you would like to tell with fabric. Finally, join in the construction of a new community quilt to be placed on display in “Grandma’s Attic” in the Museum.

September 9, 2017

Tour the Museum of Florida History with an educator who will spotlight conserved artifacts throughout the museum, describing the how and why of conservation and preservation. Learn about different methods used to bring artifacts from the past to the present. The Bureau of Archaeological Research Conservation Lab will have hands-on items to further explore the conservation process.

October 14, 2017

Celebrate National Archives Month with this fun program highlighting the role of archives in preserving our past and informing the future. The Museum of Florida History and the State Archives of Florida will talk about how archives are used as part of Museum exhibits. Families and children are invited to create their own primary document recording their museum experience to share with people in the future.

Storytime at The Grove Museum

August 16, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.

August's Storytime at The Grove Museum theme is voting, and we will be reading Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans. Rain or shine, attendees should meet in the museum's Florida Room at 10:00 a.m. Storytime will be followed by an activity, and families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the museum's grounds following the program.

State Archives of Florida Saturday Research Hours

August 19, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September 16, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 14, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit the State Archives of Florida for special Saturday Research Hours to find historically significant records of the state, as well as private manuscripts, local government records, photographs and other materials.

History at High Noon - Museum of Florida History

August 22, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.

Join Tallahassee Historical Society past president David Lang at high noon as he discusses an 1890s “Trolley Ride” Through Downtown Tallahassee.  Take a trip back in time to 1890s Tallahassee to discover what downtown looked like more than 120 years ago. You are welcome to buy a lunch from The Egg Express or bring your own. Program will be held in the Gallery for Innovation and the Arts in the R.A. Gray Building.

The Grove Museum: Archives and Historic Site Stewardship

The Grove Museum: Archives and Historic Site Stewardship

August 31, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

Join Executive Director John Grandage at The Grove Museum for a conversation about the relationship between archives, preservation, and historic site interpretation. Archives and Historic Site Stewardship begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

Conservation Lab Tours

Conservation Lab Tours

September 9, 2017 | 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and/or 3:30 p.m.

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the department’s Conservation Lab where numerous artifacts are preserved. The lab treats archaeological objects like cannons, anchors, canoes, artillery shells and guns, architectural components, ceramics and glass and other objects. Tours are being held in conjunction with the Museum of Florida History’s Second Saturday program on Archaeology. Tours can accommodate groups of up to eight people over the age of 10. You can make an early reservation by emailing collections@dos.myflorida.com.

 

The Grove Museum Summer Nature Walk with North American Butterfly Association

September 23, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.

Join our staff Naturalist and members of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) - Hairstreak Chapter on this leisurely walk around the grounds of The Grove Museum. On the walk we will identify wildlife found on the property and talk about supporting native species as part of a healthy ecosystem. You'll also learn how to attract native species to your own backyard. All walks start at 9:30 a.m. and last about an hour.

Florida Folklife Program Free Concert: Plena Es

September 28, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

The Division of Historical Resources’s Florida Folklife Program will celebrate Florida’s traditional cultures during Hispanic Heritage Month in September by presenting Puerto Rican bomba band Plena Es in a free public concert in Tallahassee at Mission San Luis. Plena Es plays the high-energy Caribbean dance music that is a touchstone for Puerto Rican identity.  Learn More.

The Blessing of Animals at Mission San Luis

October 7, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Bring your furry, feathered, or other animal friends to Mission San Luis to be blessed at this annual event. The Blessing of Animals originated in the 13th century in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who believed that all animals should be treated with dignity and respect. Mission San Luis is a pet-friendly site, so bring your companions and enjoy the beautiful park setting and living history programs year-round.

Swing Dancin' in the Streets - Knott House Museum

October 7, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.

Swing Dancin’ in the Street is a 1940s-style block party on Park Avenue between Calhoun and Gadsden Streets in front of the Knott House. Dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. and the Tallahassee Swing Band plays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Museums of Florida History, admission is free of charge.

State Archives of Florida - Open House and Presentation

October 10, 2017 | 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

October 17, 2017 | 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Join the State Archives of Florida for an open house and presentation where you can explore a true treasure trove of original Florida historical records. 

 

Grand Opening of the Museum of Florida History's Living the Dream: Twentieth Century Florida Exhibit

Grand Opening of the Museum of Florida History's Living the Dream: Twentieth Century Florida Exhibit

October 28, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The 50th anniversary celebration will culminate in the grand opening of the Museum of Florida History’s Living the Dream: Twentieth-Century Florida exhibit on October 28, which will feature activities for adults and kids, live entertainment and much more!  Kid and family-friendly activities will be scheduled from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and there will be live music, a beer garden and more for adults from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Come join the celebration!