The Archives on the Radio!

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

Red Barber and Fred Astaire share a microphone, Tallahassee, ca. 1950

October is American Archives Month

Join us for special events at the R.A. Gray building in Tallahassee in celebration of American Archives Month 2013.

2013 Archives Month Poster

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 The slideshow will feature images from the Tallahassee Democrat, many unpublished, showing scenes of life in and around Tallahassee from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.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.

Email Archives@DOS.MyFlorida.com for more information.

International Coffee Day

September 29th is International Coffee Day! Check out these photos while you enjoy your favorite cup of joe.

Woman enjoying a cup of coffee at Lovett's Food Store, Jacksonville, 1946

Woman enjoying a cup of coffee at Lovett’s Food Store, Jacksonville, 1946

 

Fisherman pouring himself a cup of coffee below deck, Naples, 1949

Fisherman pouring himself a cup of coffee below deck, Naples, 1949

 

Tour guide George Espenlaub making "swamp coffee" in the Everglades, 1950s

Tour guide George Espenlaub making “swamp coffee” in the Everglades, 1950s

 

Maxwell House coffee quality control, Jacksonville, 1950s

Maxwell House coffee quality control, Jacksonville, 1950s

 

Evelyn Horne serving coffee to Billie Parks and Tessie Siegfried at the Riverview Inn restaurant, Estero, ca. 1955

Evelyn Horne serving coffee to Billie Parks and Tessie Siegfried at the Riverview Inn restaurant, Estero, ca. 1955

 

Employee pouring coffee beans into a grinder at the "Oldest Store," St. Augustine, 1964

Employee pouring coffee beans into a grinder at the “Oldest Store,” St. Augustine, 1964

 

American Indian Day

Florida Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed September 27, 2013 American Indian Day.

Addie Billie, Ochopee, 1989

Addie Billie, Ochopee, 1989

Visit Florida Memory to find resources on Native Americans in Florida history.

Online Classroom, The Florida Seminoles

Significant Documents, Land Grant from the Upper Creeks, Lower Creeks and Seminoles to Thomas Brown (March 1, 1783)

Video, “Scenes of the Everglades,” by Homer Augustus Brinkley (1928)

Collections, Theodor de Bry’s 16th Century Engravings of the Timucua Indians

Audio, Interview with Richard Bowers, Seminole Alligator Wrestler

Audio, “Seminole,” written by Will McLean and performed by James Billie (listen below)

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Audio, “Big Alligator,” by James E. Billie (listen below)

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The items above represent a small sample of resources on Native American history available from the State Library and Archives of Florida.

Jibaro Puertorriqueño

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

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.

La Plena

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Special Events at the John G. Riley Museum

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

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

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.

Fall into Fall in Florida

The first day of fall is this weekend (September 22)! We’d like to take a moment to remind you why Florida is so wonderful this time of year…

Up North, the leaves are turning brown, but in Florida…

Sanibel Island, ca. 1980

Sanibel Island, ca. 1980

Coconut palm on Hutchinson Island, 1992

Coconut palm on Hutchinson Island, 1992

Up North, the skies are turning gray, but in Florida…

Everglades City, ca. 1990

Everglades City, ca. 1990

Key West, 1979

Key West, 1979

Up North, people are airing out their sweaters and scarves, but in Florida…

Young women at the beach, ca. 1950

Young women at the beach, ca. 1950

Young women running on the beach, Pensacola, 1969

Young women running on the beach, Pensacola, 1969

Cocoa Beach, ca. 1990

Cocoa Beach, ca. 1990

Because in Florida there’s always… Year ‘Round Bathing!

Florida-themed postcard, postmarked 1945

Florida-themed postcard, postmarked 1945

Up North, folks are eagerly awaiting the start of ski season. In Florida, our ski season lasts all year…

Skiing down a sand hill, Fort Meade, 1951

Skiing down a sand hill, Fort Meade, 1951

Water skiers perform at Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, 1955

Water skiers perform at Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, 1955

And while our friends up North are warming their bones next to the fireplace, we like to have bonfires… on the beach.

Bonfire at the beach, ca. 1960

Bonfire at the beach, ca. 1960

So, this fall, just remember: when you need it bad, we’ve got it good!

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Don’t Miss That Bus!

August is Back to School Month… Better set your alarm, you don’t want to miss the bus!

Horse-drawn school bus, Jacksonville, 1898

Horse-drawn school bus, Jacksonville, 1898

 

Two horse school bus, Piedmont, ca. 1900

Two horse school bus, Piedmont, ca. 1900

 

Horse-drawn school bus, West Palm Beach, 1911

Horse-drawn school bus, West Palm Beach, 1911

 

First Alva and Lee County school bus, Alva, 1924

First Alva and Lee County school bus, Alva, 1924

 

School bus on Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, 1925

School bus on Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, 1925

 

Escambia County school bus at Future Farmers of America camp, Perdido Bay, 1930

Escambia County school bus at Future Farmers of America camp, Perdido Bay, 1930

 

Dade County school bus, 1937

Dade County school bus, 1937

Scallop Season

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

Scallop boat “Charlie G,” Port Canaveral, 1987

 

Sorting scallops on deck, Fort Pierce, 1960

Sorting scallops on deck, Fort Pierce, 1960

 

Basket of scallops after the sorting process, Fort Pierce, 1960

Basket of scallops after the sorting process, Fort Pierce, 1960

 

Scallops Hawaiian style, Tallahassee, 1960

Scallops Hawaiian style, Tallahassee, 1960

 

National Lighthouse Day

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

Alligator Reef Lighthouse, near Indian Key, 1873

 

Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890

Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890

 

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900

 

Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950

Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950

 

Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954

Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954

 

Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989

Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989