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Museum of Florida History Highlights Tours
These are guided tours offered Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tour is approximately 20 minutes long and offers visitors a time to travel from prehistoric Florida to the present. For more information, contact 850-245-6400. Museum of Florida History, free.

The Knott House Museum Tour
Although, its history can be traced as far back as the Civil War when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, the historic house is now restored to its early 20th-century appearance when the house was occupied by politician William Knott and his wife, Luella. Mrs. Knott composed verses about many of the items in her home and hosted social gatherings. For information about tours and special events, call 922-2459. Tours offered Wednesday-Friday, on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.; Saturday tours start at 10:00 a.m. and last tour starts at 3:00 p.m., free.


August 28, 2018

History at High Noon: The Sunshine State and Radio Waves
Tasha Weinstein, Education & Engagement Manager, and Tom Flanigan, Program Director for News, from WFSU FM discuss the story of radio in Florida. Since May of 1948, WFSU Radio has been sending out news, music and opinions across the sunny skies of Florida State University and beyond! Life in and across the United States changed dramatically when radio became part of the American way of life, and this is so true in our Floridian life as well! Join Tasha Weinstein and Tom Flanigan for a quick time travel of Florida’s radio history beginning in 1922 when the Tampa Daily Times tells readers: “Stand by, fans, to the Times test radio broadcast” on WDAE-AM.” Right up to what’s new on Capitol Report and this week’s Perspectives! Enjoy lunch during the program. Bring your own or buy from The Egg Express located on the ground floor of the R. A. Gray Building. To place your order with The Egg Express, call 850.907.3477 no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program and pick it up before the program starts. See the lunch menu at museumoffloridahistory.com/visit/menu-pg02.cfm. Before or after the program, be sure to visit the Museum of Florida History and Florida’s History Shop to see what’s new! The program is free and open to the public.


August 30, 2018

36th Annual Capital City Quilt Show Opening Reception
Museum of Florida History and Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee present Out of the Blue 36th Annual Capital City Quilt Show Contemporary and Historical Quilts on Display


September 08, 2018

2nd Saturday Program: Quilting: Out of the Blue
As part of the annual quilt show, visitors explore the Quilt exhibit while listening to a short presentation by a quilter on what quilting means to her. Visitors will then create their own embroidery design.


September 25, 2018

History at High Noon: "A Time for Celebration--A Dream Comes True at St. Marks Lighthouse"
Constance Clineman, Visitor Use Technician at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, discusses the recent restoration of the St. Marks Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage and plans to develop the Keeper’s Cottage into an interpretive center. She also shares how St. Marks Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers found reviving the beloved historic site to be a unique and challenging opportunity. Finally, learn about the St. Marks Lighthouse opening event and the start of monthly public tours this fall. Enjoy lunch during the program. Bring your own or buy from The Egg Express located on the ground floor of the R. A. Gray Building. To place your order with The Egg Express, call 850.907.3477 no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program and pick it up before the program starts. See the lunch menu at museumoffloridahistory.com/visit/menu-pg02.cfm. Before or after the program, be sure to visit the Museum of Florida History and Florida’s History Shop to see what’s new! The program is free and open to the public.


September 29, 2018

Swing Dance
Park Avenue in front of the Knott House Museum boasts a 1940s-style block party on Saturday, September 29. Enjoy dancing at sunset under Park Avenue’s majestic live oaks in front of the Knott House. Relive the 1940s and come in costume if you wish! Dance lessons by the Florida State University Swing Dance Club start at 6:30 p.m., the Tallahassee Swing Band plays at 7:00 p.m. and museum tours are offered during intermission. Light refreshments will be available in the park, or you can bring a picnic. This event is free and open to the public.


October 04, 2018

Colonial Spanish Florida Speakers Series: Dr. J. Michael Francis
Renowned Florida historian, Dr. J. Michael Francis, Professor of History at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, presents an engaging talk on Spanish Colonial Florida, "'Not Even the Devil Could Read This': Rethinking Florida's Colonial History in the Digital Age." The program begins with light refreshments in the Museum lobby at 5:30 p.m., with Florida's History Shop and the Museum galleries open for visitors to enjoy. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum theatre. Free and open to the public


October 13, 2018

2nd Saturday Program: Harvest, The Three Sisters
Join museum educators as they read the Native American legend of the Three Sisters (maize, beans, squash). Guests will make a corn husk doll to take home. They will also decorate their own kernel to put on a paper corn cob. The corn cob along with images of the Three Sisters as well as facts about the legend and the significance of the Three Sisters will be on displayed at the craft station next to the theatre.


October 23, 2018

History at High Noon: Quilt and Textile Preservation
Ms. Ellen Rider, Curator at the Museum of Florida History, discusses preservation techniques, which can be used at home, to preserve quilts and textiles. The discussion explores why certain materials and methods are most effective, what to avoid, how to display, and how to store items. Enjoy lunch during the program. Bring your own or buy from The Egg Express located on the ground floor of the R. A. Gray Building. To place your order with The Egg Express, call 850.907.3477 no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program and pick it up before the program starts. See the lunch menu at museumoffloridahistory.com/visit/menu-pg02.cfm. Before or after the program, be sure to visit the Museum of Florida History and Florida’s History Shop to see what’s new! The program is free and open to the public.


November 01, 2018

Colonial Spanish Florida Speakers Series: Chuck Meide
Florida underwater archaeologist, Chuck Meide, Director of Maritime Research at the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St. Augustine, presents an engaging talk discusses the LAMP’s search for the French explorer Ribault’s 1565 feet. The program begins with light refreshments in the Museum lobby at 5:30 p.m., with Florida's History Shop and the Museum galleries open for visitors to enjoy. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum theatre. Free and open to the public


November 09, 2018

WWI Film Festival: The Fighting 69th
On November 9 at 6:30 p.m., for $5.00, the Knott House Museum will have an outdoor showing of the 1940 film The Fighting 69th starring James Cagney. Dr. Kurt Piehler from Florida State University’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, will discuss the history surrounding the film and the time between the two world wars. Free popcorn is provided and drinks are for sale. One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, The Great War ended. To commemorate this historic event, the Knott House Museum and the Museum of Florida History partner with the Tallahassee Film Society to show and talk about award-winning World War I films on Veterans Day weekend.


November 10, 2018

WWI Film Festival: A Little Princess
On November 10 at 11:00 a.m., as November’s 2nd Saturday program, the Museum of Florida History will show the 1995 family movie, A Little Princess, free of charge. Attendees will make red poppies prior to the film begin shown. One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, The Great War ended. To commemorate this historic event, the Knott House Museum and the Museum of Florida History partner with the Tallahassee Film Society to show and talk about award-winning World War I films on Veterans Day weekend.


November 15, 2018

Surf's up, Florida! Opening Reception


November 27, 2018

History at High Noon: Finding that Perfect Ride: Surf Board Shaping and Design
Dennis Litchfield, a Florida surf board shaper and avid surfer, discusses his passion for surfing and board design. Mr. Litchfield also explains the process of shaping boards and his personal experience creating surf boards locally in Florida. Enjoy lunch during the program. Bring your own or buy from The Egg Express located on the ground floor of the R. A. Gray Building. To place your order with The Egg Express, call 850.907.3477 no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program and pick it up before the program starts. See the lunch menu at museumoffloridahistory.com/visit/menu-pg02.cfm. Before or after the program, be sure to visit the Museum of Florida History and Florida’s History Shop to see what’s new! The program is free and open to the public.


December 01, 2018

Holiday Open House
The Knott House Museum is decked out for the season during the month of December. Vintage decorations, cards, and music take visitors back to the 1930s, when the W. V. Knott family lived in the home. Explore the home's seasonal spirit during the downtown Winter Festival. The Holiday Open House is free of charge and welcomes all with musical performances, spiced hot cider, holiday cookies, and abundant yuletide cheer.