500 Years of History, Culture, and Nature
An Activity Book
Featuring Artwork by Christopher M. Still
About the Artwork
In 1999, the Florida House of Representatives commissioned artist Christopher M. Still to create eight murals to hang in its Capitol chambers in Tallahassee. Meticulously researched, each oil-on-linen, 48- by 126-inch painting explores a different era in state history from prehistoric times to the present. Historical background and symbols related to each painting are described at www.christopherstill.com/murals.htm.
About the Artist
A native Floridian, Christopher M. Still (1961–) studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and apprenticed in traditional art techniques in Florence, Italy. His artworks have earned more than a dozen awards and honors, been featured in two dozen exhibitions, and currently hang in museums and collections throughout Florida and the U.S.
Created and produced by the
Museum of Florida History,
Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399–0250
For information or copies:
850.245.6400 ● email@example.com
To download a free copy: museumoffloridahistory.com/education/resources.cfm
In April 2013, Florida will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first known landing of Europeans on its soil. The expedition led by Juan Ponce de León in 1513, followed by other Spanish and French explorers and colonists, encountered diverse and well-developed groups of native inhabitants, whose predecessors had occupied the peninsula for at least 10,000 years.
Florida's human and natural landscapes have changed dramatically in the last five centuries. Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative to mark the onset of these changes and also celebrate the vibrant and dynamic cultural legacy that has resulted. To help young people visualize and appreciate Florida's growth over time, this booklet features eight paintings by artist Christopher M. Still and related activities that explore different eras in state history.
Table of Contents
High Points in Florida History
A Note for Educators
A selection of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards benchmarks for fourth- and fifth-grade social studies and art are presented below. The content of this booklet can be aligned with benchmarks in other subjects, and activities can be adapted easily for younger and older youths.