Happy Arbor Day!

Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) worker planting a tree at the Key West Botanical Garden: Stock Island, Florida (1935)

Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) worker planting a tree at the Key West Botanical Garden: Stock Island, Florida (1935)

Visitors from each state represented in the winter colony were called upon to plant a tree at the Botanical Garden on Stock Island.

Passover

The Jewish holiday of Passover starts today. Passover lasts seven to eight days and commemorates the biblical story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were emancipated from slavery in Egypt.

Passover supper at Temple Beth Jacob Servicemen's Center under the auspices of the Jewish Welfare Board, Miami Beach, 1943

Passover supper at Temple Beth Jacob Servicemen's Center under the auspices of the Jewish Welfare Board, Miami Beach, 1943

 

Seder at the home of Aaron and Marcella Kanner, Miami, 1950s

Seder at the home of Aaron and Marcella Kanner, Miami, 1950s

 

Passover Seder services, conducted by Rabbi Max Shapiro at Fagan's Palatial Kosher Restaurant, Miami, 1938

Passover Seder services, conducted by Rabbi Max Shapiro at Fagan's Palatial Kosher Restaurant, Miami, 1938

Pysanky (Ukrainian egg decoration)

Pysanky is created when patterns are drawn on eggs with wax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Pysanky artist Ola Kryway describes the process of Ukrainian egg decorating, including preparing/selecting eggs, drawing design, dyeing, and the meaning of designs.

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Traditional Irish Music from the Florida Folklife Collection

In the yearly bedlam of green dye, corned beef and cabbage, and pints of stout on the 17th of March, no celebration of Irish culture would be complete without acknowledging the country’s rich musical traditions. Ireland has birthed musicians in all genres from classical to pop, though it is perhaps best known for the traditional jigs, reels and ballads still heard in the pubs today.

James Kelly and Mick Moloney playing Irish music at Historical Museum of Southern Florida during Traditions Festival: Miami, Florida (1986

James Kelly and Mick Moloney

Fiddler James Kelly and harpist Claire Fleming are two musicians who have shared traditional Irish music with the state of Florida. Born in Dublin, Kelly began learning the fiddle from his father, a renowned musician from County Clare, at the age of three. By the time he moved to Miami in 1984, he had toured the United States, Europe, Canada and South America, appeared on numerous recordings, and taught fiddle classes and workshops. In 2001, he won the Florida Folk Heritage Award.

This medley of reels accompanied by guitarist Mick Moloney at the 1987 Florida Folk Festival includes “The Crooked Road to Dublin,” “The Sligo Maid” and “The Boyne Hunt.”  James Kelly is also featured in a podcast as well as the Folk section of the Florida Memory Audio page.

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Harpist Claire Fleming performing: Jacksonville, Florida (1991)

Claire Fleming

The Irish Cultural Association of Jacksonville brought harpist Claire Fleming from Dublin, and she performed on multiple occasions at the Florida Folk Festival. This rendition of “She Moved Through the Fair” was captured at the Old Marble Stage in 1996.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Presidents’ Day

United States presidents have campaigned, vacationed and even served in the military while in Florida. Here are a few of our favorite shots of the chief executive in the Sunshine State.

Theodore Roosevelt, far right, and other top ranking officials of the 1st U.S. Voluteer Cavalry: Tampa (1898)

Theodore Roosevelt, far right, and other top ranking officials of the 1st U.S. Voluteer Cavalry: Tampa (1898)


President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard train: Jacksonville (1943 or 1944)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard train: Jacksonville (1943 or 1944)


Dwight D. Eisenhower landing a grouper (1946)

Dwight D. Eisenhower landing a grouper (1946)


Harry S. Truman receiving fresh fruit from Florida Highway patrolmen: Key West (March 1949)

Harry S. Truman receiving fresh fruit from Florida Highway patrolmen: Key West (March 1949)


John F. Kennedy, with Senator George Smathers, greeting crowds in Miami (November 18, 1963)

John F. Kennedy, with Senator George Smathers, greeting crowds in Miami (November 18, 1963)

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