Grayven Images: Confederate Monuments and Power of the Lost Cause in Florida

Today we bring you a guest post by R. Boyd Murphree, Project Manager, Florida Family and Community History, Digital Services and Shared Collections, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. He can be contacted at bmurphree@ufl.edu and is also on Twitter @boyd_murphree. On May 3, 1901, fire consumed Jacksonville, destroying the heart of the cityContinue reading Grayven Images: Confederate Monuments and Power of the Lost Cause in Florida

May Mann Jennings & the Creation of Royal Palm State Park

On this blog we’ve looked at a few issues related to how events associated with the American Conservation movement, including the founding of the National Park Service and the establishment of the first National Wildlife Refuge on Pelican Island, were covered in our digitized newspapers. Today, we’ll look at the efforts in Florida, spearheaded byContinue reading May Mann Jennings & the Creation of Royal Palm State Park

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: 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

This post was authored by Sarah “Moxy” Moczygemba, the project’s former Outreach and Social Media Assistant. 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 theseContinue reading The Ocoee Massacre-A Tragic Day in Florida History