Kissimmee was the Main Street Community of the Month for November. From the Florida Memory Project, photos of Kissimmee that was.
Florida becomes part of the United States, July 17, 1821 and lots of other good Florida stuff. Florida Memory Project
The Florida Memory web initiative provides access to archival resources housed in the State Library and Archives that illustrate significant moments in the state’s history, offers educational resources for students of all ages and makes available collections for historical research.
Take a look at the online photographs, exhibits, audio and video clips from the Florida Memory Project. The Division of Library and Information Services of the FL Department of State has posted a wealth of information from the archives for Floridians to see. It’s a true treasure trove of Floridiana.
Here’s a clip of alligator wrestling from the Ross Allen Reptile Institute. Remember that?
The State Library and Archives hosts online the Florida Memory Project. Photos from all over the state on many and varied topics are gathered by subject and posted online for all to enjoy. Photos of Florida’s history are labeled and easily accessible. You can view photos of our state that you might never see.
Florida Cattle Barons and Rancing ( http://goo.gl/wgO4y) is just one collection. Others include Governor Bob Graham’s work days, Florida During the Bush (Governor Jeb Bush) Years, and Alligators. Take a look!
This exhibit of images from the Florida Memory Photographic Collection illustrates a brief history of racism and the struggle for civil rights in Florida.
>Once again, the State Library and Archives of Florida have added a photographic exhibit to their webpage.
This photo collection, Roadside Attractions in Florida: Tourism and Spectacle before Disney is a treasure of photos from ‘old’ Florida tourism, as important to our state then as it is now. Included are photos of water attractions, animal attractions, and gardens, inlcuding Cypress Gardens, recently closed.
This exhibit joins many others from the State Library and Archives that are available to view online.
>Even thought we haven’t had any weather emergencies so far this year, we still need to be prepared. It’s hurricane season… time to brush up those disaster preparation plans.
There are online sites to help you prepare for natural disasters such as this one from the FL Department of Emergency Management. This site will help to make you aware of the need for a plan for your home or business, how to help children or those with disabilities.
The libraries also have books on hurricanes and disaster preparedness. Check the 551.55 non fiction section for hurricanes, and the 613.6 nonfiction section for emergency planning.
And take a look at historic photos from the Florida Memory Project provided by the State Library and Archives of Florida.
>Are you a baseball fan? Major league professional baseball is relatively new to Florida, though spring training has been a favorite Florida pastime for many years.
The Florida Memory project has a unique collection of photos of early and local Florida baseball teams on its website: Batter up! A Visual History of Baseball in Florida. There is even a photo of the ‘Raiford Prison Team, 1939.’ There are many photos on other subjects, too.
Of course, your library has books on baseball for children and adults. Check the 796.357 nonfiction section, or ask a library staff member for assistance.