More Ghost Towns of Florida

This post was authored by Sarah “Moxy” Moczygemba, the former Outreach and Social Media Assistant for this project. It’s spooky season once again so we’ve collected more clippings about ghost towns in Florida. Why are there so many ghost towns in Florida? Christopher Strain explains that the waves of development in the state result inContinue reading More Ghost Towns of Florida

Our Man in Havana: Governor William Sherman Jennings and the Inauguration of Cuban Independence

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. The reestablishment of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba inContinue reading Our Man in Havana: Governor William Sherman Jennings and the Inauguration of Cuban Independence

The Buckman Act and the Consolidation of Florida Universities

Few things shaped the long history of the University of Florida like the signing of the Buckman Act on June 5, 1905. The legislation, authored by Congressman Henry H. Buckman, consolidated the numerous (white) public colleges and seminaries in the state into the University of Florida and Florida Female College (now Florida State University) asContinue reading The Buckman Act and the Consolidation of Florida Universities

The Juicy History of Florida Citrus in the News

While Florida newspapers certainly cover history-making moments, they also serve as a chronicle of the economic and social issues facing readers at the time of publication. Within the pages of papers included in the FPRDNP, few topics are as pervasive as the state’s iconic citrus industry. It may be unsurprising that citrus news dominates aContinue reading The Juicy History of Florida Citrus in the News