>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.
Florida Memory Project
>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.
>A new online photographic exhibit titled Alligators in the Backyard was added to the Florida Memory Project Web site.
‘Gators’ are a Florida icon; from team mascot to tourist attraction we are fascinated by the animal with which we share our state.
This online photo exhibit shows pictures of alligators as they are hunted, in nature, and as we see them as tourists and in popular culture.
A few of the photos show Ross Allen and alligators at Silver Springs. There is even a photo of an alligator climbing a stairway. There are many more photos on various alligator topics.
The Florida Memory Project documents events in Florida’s history using photographs and original documents. It is part of the State Library and Archives of Florida.