Here’s a neat app for your mobile phone….Next Exit History. Download it and as you are driving it can tell you (audio) about historic sites near you. You get location and information about the site. It is nationwide and includes many Florida sites. It’s like a personal walking or driving tour of each site.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.
While Florida’s Native American heritage dates back more than 12,000 years, Spain’s claim in 1513 began a new era. In 2013, Florida will mark 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage – a claim no other state in America can make – and promote the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America.
Viva Florida 500 will take place year-round in 2013, and its many partners are planning more than 200 events statewide. The goal is to promote 500 years of Florida’s history – its people, places and cultural achievements – and this important milestone in American and Florida history. Learn more by visiting www.vivaflorida.org.
Check out Next Exit History, a nifty smart phone (or web) app. As you are driving along, find our what historic sites or markers are nearby. Stop and look, read or listen to the online description. The app is heavily Florida but there are sites in other states. Neat project!
All things Florida…Florida Electronic Library.
Florida becomes part of the United States, July 17, 1821 and lots of other good Florida stuff. Florida Memory Project
During Florida Heritage Month (March 15–April 15) the Department of State encourages a better understanding of and appreciation for Florida’s history and culture among the people of our state. This month-long tribute is designed to heighten awareness of our state’s rich cultural heritage, celebrating its historical sites, museums, libraries, and the visual and performing arts, which flourish in the state of Florida.
Residents and visitors will have special opportunities to experience and celebrate the wealth of historical sites, cultural activities, and literary programs throughout the state. This will encourage an understanding and appreciation of Florida’s commitment to supporting historic preservation, arts and culture, and libraries as important fiscal tools that create economic vitality, quality of life, and community pride.
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?
March 15–April 15: Florida Heritage Month
A month long tribute to heighten awareness of our state’s rich history, its historical sites, museums, and libraries and the visual and performing arts.
>It was a tough and lonely job, but the historic American
cowboy endured it with courage and a song. Using and
modifying traditions passed on from Mexican vaqueros and
the Spanish before them, the cowboys became a basic part
of American Western heritage and legend.
On the National Day of the Cowboy, we celebrate their
contributions to the pioneering spirit of America.
As the cities of the American East and Midwest grew
in the mid-to-late 1800s, the need for food, especially for
meat, grew along with it. Then the great roundups and cattle
drives became a part of our Western heritage. The cowboys
worked long days and nights tending their herds despite
dangers from terrain they had to cross, unhappy Indians
and fierce outlaws whose goal was to steal the herds.
As the railroads developed, the need for long cattle drives
decreased. Over time, the cowboy techniques of riding and
cattle-handling became the focus of today’s rodeos.
Take a look at Cracker westerns: books about the ‘cowboys’ on Florida’s frontier. A few titles by Lee Gramling: Ghosts of the green swap, Ninety mile prairie, Riders of the Suwannee. You’ll find them in the Florida section.
>Xeriscaping is a practice of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants, which conserve water and save maintenance time. The name comes from the Greek word zeros, which means dry.
Using this theme, you place plants that need more water closest to the house. Those that need little or no irrigation can be planted farther away or at the lot’s farthest points.
Xeriscaping makes use of many plants you may already have, such as cactus, asparagus fern, camellias sasanquas, and Shumard oaks. A full list of drought tolerant plants for Florida can be found at http://www.floridata.com/lists/drought_tolerant_plants.cfm
Container plantings and annuals need more water and should be planted closest to the house and the water source.
To xeriscape more of your property, consider increasing the size of a patio, creating a stone walkway, or turning one or more sections of your lawn into an area for attractive, drought–resistant bushes and plants.
Spring is the time to plant and we have books to help you. There are many books on gardening in Florida in the 635.9 nonfiction section of the library.