New Blog Contributor: Katiana Bagué

We’re happy to announce that we have a new contributor to our blog. Katiana is going to focus on blogs related to our Puerto Rico content, which we plan to release periodically. Without further ado, we’ll let Katiana introduce herself!   My name is Katiana Bagué and I am a Puerto Rican-American, currently in Florida.Continue reading New Blog Contributor: Katiana Bagué

Ruth Law: The Aviatrix’s Florida Connection

It’s difficult to talk about the history of aviation in the United States without looking at activities that took place in Florida. As we’ve discussed in the past, Naval Air Station Pensacola played an important role in U.S. military aviation history. But the same hard-packed white sand at Daytona Beach that attracted automobile enthusiasts alsoContinue reading Ruth Law: The Aviatrix’s Florida Connection

Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project Awarded Phase 3 Funding

We have some exciting news for fans of digitization, preservation, and history. The Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project has been awarded funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities for a third digitization cycle! We’ll let you know as soon as newspaper titles are selected, but for now you can read more inContinue reading Florida & Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project Awarded Phase 3 Funding

Pensacola- Where Naval Aviation Really Took Off

On Memorial Day we honor those who have died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Florida has played a central role in both U.S military and aviation history, and today we want to focus on the state’s contribution to the development of aerial warfare leading up to and through World War I. Events surrounding navalContinue reading Pensacola- Where Naval Aviation Really Took Off

New Content: La Correspondencia de Puerto Rico

Hoy le presentaremos otro nuevo título: La Correspondencia de Puerto Rico. Periódico fundado en San Juan en diciembre de 1890 por Ramón B. López, un hombre de negocios. Con éste se inauguran prácticas y enfoques de periodismo moderno. Este periódico refleja los cambios en la prensa, lo que se ha denominado periodismo moderno, que pasóContinue reading New Content: La Correspondencia de Puerto Rico

New Content: The Lakeland Evening Telegram

Notice anything new? Our new Florida paper for this digitization cycle, The Lakeland evening telegram, is now up in Chronicling America. We’re pleased to announce that the content from the paper’s debut on November 1, 1911 through the December 31, 1917 issue has been ingested and uploaded for public use. What kind of news willContinue reading New Content: The Lakeland Evening Telegram

The Grapefruit League: Baseball in Florida

April 3, 2017 is Opening Day, marking the beginning of the baseball regular season following over a month of spring training. Baseball fans are already aware that many teams hold their spring training here in Florida because winters are relatively temperate. Due to this Florida connection, our Chronicling America newspapers are a treasure trove forContinue reading The Grapefruit League: Baseball in Florida

Florida Governor Sidney J. Catts: the Polarizing Populist

Sidney J. Catts served as the 22nd Governor of Florida from 1917 to 1921. While he only held office for one term, this colorful character certainly left his mark on Florida history. Originally a Democrat, he ended up running for governor on the Prohibition Party ticket after a close and contested primary. Beyond calls forContinue reading Florida Governor Sidney J. Catts: the Polarizing Populist

The Ocoee Massacre-A Tragic Day in Florida History

In Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920, Paul Ortiz concludes “American history has completely erased the martyrs of 1920” (Oritz 229). Who are these martyrs and why were they forgotten? In this post, we’ll explore the aftermath of what isContinue reading The Ocoee Massacre-A Tragic Day in Florida History