Programs & Events
The Museum offers a number of recurring programs throughout the year
2nd Saturday Family Programs
Join us on the second Saturday of each month for a specially themed program featuring a hands-on activity for young historians. While the Museum is closed, we will be taking 2nd Saturday on the move, with programming in various locations held in conjunction with our community partners. Follow us on social media for the latest location, subjects, and more.
November 12, 11:00 a.m.–Noon at LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library
Three Sisters Harvest
It’s nearly harvest time! Come learn about the Three Sisters - maize, beans, squash - and the importance of these crops to indigenous peoples. Guests join in a story time reading of ‘The Corn Lady,’ a Seminole Tribe of Florida story adapted by Betty Mae Jumper, the first and only female chief of the Seminole Tribe. Visitors will celebrate the harvest by making a corn husk doll to take home!
History at High Noon
The Museum features casual monthly lunchtime talks on a variety of topics featuring local experts. The program is currently on hiatus, but we hope to resume History at High Noon in the new year in collaboration with our community partners.
Our History at High Noon Programs will resume in the new year with programs at various locations throughout the community.
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. 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.
Summer Reading Program
Each July the Museum offers a Summer Reading Program based on a theme and featuring a weekly program with a book reading, a craft, a guest speaker, and other hands-on activities to engage young readers. The programs are geared to ages 10 & under and are free and open to the public. A reading list of theme-related books focused on Florida is provided and readers who reads six or more books from our list will receive a special certificate from the Secretary of State and the Museum of Florida History. This is a great opportunity to get everyone of all ages excited about reading!
Florida History Day
Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, Florida History Day is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history in middle and high schools. Florida joins 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and international schools in East and South Asia as an affiliate of National History Day® (NHD). NHD promotes history in the classroom by offering students the resources and support to do original research about people, ideas, and events of the past. Learn more about Florida History Day here.