Everything you wanted to know about the Archives and Florida Memory, but were afraid to ask… well here’s your chance!
Jody Norman, Archives Supervisor, and Jon Grandage, Archives Historian, will join host Tom Flanigan for Perspectives (88.9 WFSU-FM) today, October 3, from 11 to 12 PM. During the live call-in show, Jody and Jon will promote special events coming up in October in celebration of Archives Month and discuss what’s new and exciting on Florida Memory and at the State Archives.
Please join us on the air Thursday morning!
Red Barber and Fred Astaire share a microphone, Tallahassee, ca. 1950
Join us for special events at the R.A. Gray building in Tallahassee in celebration of American Archives Month 2013.
On Friday October 11, 2013, visitors will be treated to free food, drinks, and a slideshow in the lobby of the R.A. Gray building. The slideshow will feature images from the Tallahassee Democrat, many unpublished, showing scenes of life in and around Tallahassee from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Refreshments for the slideshow event, which will run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., are generously provided by the Friends of the State Library and Archives of Florida.
On Saturday October 12, 2013, the Archives’ Imaging Lab will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Residents of Tallahassee and the surrounding area are encouraged to bring in their original Florida-related family photographs for possible inclusion in the collections of the State Archives of Florida (no digital images please). Many of these images will eventually be made available on the Florida Memory website as part of a special “Big Bend Area” photographic collection.
Both events are free and open to the public and will take place at the R.A. Gray building, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL, 32399.
Florida is home to immigrants from across Latin America and the Caribbean. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), this series of blog posts features music brought to Florida from throughout the Hispanic world.
Today we’re highlighting Puerto Rican jibaro music. The term jibaro originally referred to Puerto Ricans from the interior mountainous regions of the country. Overtime jibaro became more of a general term for the rural population of Puerto Rico.
Jorge Lopez and Lena Verde performing at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida during the Traditions Festival, Miami, 1986
In 1986, Jorge Lopez and the band Lena Verde (Angelo Hernandez, Alejandro Santiago, and Angelo Rosario) performed this traditional style of Puerto Rican music at the first annual South Florida Folk Festival.
In about 1890, John Gilmore Riley (1857-1954) built a family home near the Smokey Hollow neighborhood in Tallahassee. That structure, preserved and rehabilitated beginning in the 1970s through the hard work of several community organizations, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home to the John G. Riley Museum.
John G. Riley, Tallahassee, ca. 1890
Riley served as an educator for nearly 50 years, and as a leader in the African American community throughout his entire life. He took his first teaching job in Wakulla County in 1877 and later became principal of Lincoln Academy.
John G. Riley and Lincoln Academy students, Tallahassee, ca. 1900
This week, the John G. Riley Museum opens a new visitor center to the public. Special events throughout the week (September 24 – September 28) celebrate the life and legacy of John G. Riley and the history of the Smokey Hollow community.
Scallop season is in full swing in the Florida Panhandle! Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission’s website for more information on bay scallops, currently in season, and calico scallops. Check out a few historic photos of the scallop industry in Florida.
Scallop boat “Charlie G,” Port Canaveral, 1987
Sorting scallops on deck, Fort Pierce, 1960
Basket of scallops after the sorting process, Fort Pierce, 1960
Happy National Lighthouse Day! On August 7, 1789, the Federal Government took over the responsibility for building and maintaining lighthouses in the United States. More than 30 still operate in Florida today, including several offshore lighthouses in South Florida.
Alligator Reef Lighthouse, near Indian Key, 1873
Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890
Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900
Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950
Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954
Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989
Florida Memory is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services.