Check out the Museum of Florida History's next in-person 2nd Saturday Family Program on October 9 starting at 11:00 a.m. Each month's 2nd Saturday program features hands-on history for every member of the family. The program, admission, and parking are free.
Beyond the Vote: Florida Women’s Activism
On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote officially became a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Museum is excited to commemorate the legacy of this milestone event with Beyond the Vote: Florida Women’s Activism, an exhibit showcasing the history of women’s activism in Florida. The exhibit discusses the women’s club movement, the suffrage movement, and explores other major reform efforts, such as environmental preservation, civil rights, women’s rights, and more. It concludes with a brief look at women’s activism today. Beyond the Vote contains more than 80 artifacts, as well as photographs, and video and audio clips that help to interpret Florida women’s activism.
20th of May— Emancipation in Florida
The Knott House Museum and the John G. Riley Museum host an annual celebration of the 20th of May. Information on previous celebrations can be found on the Knott House Museum's Facebook page. Learn more about this event and other community activities here.
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in the rebelling Southern states. More than two years later, on May 10, 1865, Union General Edward McCook arrived in Tallahassee to take possession of the city from Southern forces. General McCook established his headquarters at the Hagner House, now known as the Knott House. On May 20, he declared the Emancipation Proclamation in effect. Former slaves celebrated this announcement with a picnic at Bull Pond, today's Lake Ella. Annually since 1865, communities in Tallahassee have celebrated May 20th as Emancipation Day.
History at High Noon
Free lecture series held in the Museum of Florida History Theater
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
Tallahassee & Florida's Territorial Bicentennial
Speaker:John Grandage, Public Engagement and Historic Site Development Director, Division of Historical Resources
2021 marks the 200-year anniversary of Florida becoming a United States territory in 1821. The significance of this anniversary goes far beyond the political implications of the treaty with Spain, particularly when viewed through the experiences of Native people and free Black communities in the area near modern-day Tallahassee. Join John Grandage, Public Engagement and Historic Site Development Director for the Division of Historical Resources, for a presentation focused on the evolution of civil rights in early territorial Florida and Tallahassee history within the broader context of the bicentennial commemoration.
Florida's Territorial Bicentennial
Florida—the ancestral homeland of varied indigenous peoples—became a United States Territory in 1821, thus ending more than 250 years of Spanish and British rule. To engage the public in learning more about this important transitional time in Florida’s history, the Florida Department of State (DOS) will highlight its territorial and early statehood period resources in 2021.
Ron DeSantis, Governor Laurel M. Lee, Secretary of State
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