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Programs & Events

The Museum offers a number of recurring programs throughout the year

Monthly Programs

2nd Saturday Family Programs

Join us on the 2nd 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 road, with programming in various locations held in conjunction with our community partners. Follow us on social media for the latest location, subjects, and more.

Upcoming Programs:

Vacationing in the Sunshine State

June 8, 2024, 11 a.m.-Noon

Bruce J. Host N.E. Branch Library
5513 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida

Celebrate the start of summer by learning about the history of tourism in the Sunshine State. Discover the origins of Florida tourism, how it has evolved, and the many forms of transportation that brought visitors here to play, and oftentimes stay. Complete your jump start to summer by decorating a tote bag to use on your own tourist adventure.

Each free program runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is designed for children ages 4 to 8 and their families.



History at High Noon

The Museum features casual monthly lunchtime talks by local experts on a variety of topics. Please note the location of each lecture as the presentation site may change from month to month.

Upcoming Programs:  

Historic Frenchtown

June 25, 2024, Noon–12:45 p.m.

R.A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee author and historic preservationist Althemese Barnes and Frenchtown community member Lisa Roberts discuss the history of Tallahassee’s Frenchtown neighborhood. Beginning with its settlement by formerly enslaved persons following the Civil War, Frenchtown grew to become a thriving middle-class African American community in the early 1900s. Learn about efforts to preserve what is left of this historic community and how people are trying to keep its history alive. 


Annual Programs

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. Formerly enslaved people 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.


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.