The tree known as “The Senator,” or simply “the big tree,” burned on January 16, 2012. The massive cypress, located near Longwood, Florida in Seminole County, was believed to be nearly 3,500 years old. Locals, tourists and naturalists alike marveled at The Senator until a fire started by vandals destroyed the renowned landmark one year ago today.
Derby, beret, ten gallon, baseball, sombrero, cowboy, fascinator or fez; what’s your hat? A few of our favorites…
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The daguerreotype was the earliest practical photographic process, but exposure times could be as long as a half-hour. Head clamps held the subject in place so they didn’t wiggle. A later photographic process allowed for fast exposure, but was blue! Another was prone to spontaneous combustion. Archives Supervisor Jody Norman will talk about the history of the photographic process, from the dangers and limitations of early methods to the advent of digital photography.
If you are interested in the history of the photographic process, register for this free webinar, and join us from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST on January 17, 2013!
On this date in 1969, the New York Jets beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the first ever Super Bowl held in Miami.
Joe Namath led the underdog Jets to a 16-7 victory in front of a crowd of more than 75,000 fans at the Orange Bowl.
Don Grooms was a favorite among fans of Florida Folk, and appeared regularly at the Florida Folk Festival. Although he was born in Cherokee, North Carolina, Grooms spent much of his life in Florida, and taught journalism at the University of Florida. He received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1996 for his songs filled with wit and dry humor inspired by Florida and Native American life. In addition to live performances, which often found him on stage with like-minded artists such as Chief Jim Billie, fiddler Wayne Martin, and Will McLean, he recorded some his best-known songs on the 1980 album Walk Proud My Son.
In honor of his birthday, here are some recordings of Don Grooms and friends from the Florida Folklife Collection.
“Walk Proud My Son”
“Chicken Bone Special”
On this date in 1888, Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon opened in St. Augustine.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the city of Madison, Florida.
Want to see more? The Madison Collection contains approximately 1,000 photographs of Madison County’s people, places and industries.
Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Silver Springs, but watch out for that snake!
Noted herpetologist Ross Allen founded and directed the Ross Allen Reptile Institute at Silver Springs from 1929 to 1975. He died in Gainesville, Florida, in 1981.
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The State Library and Archives is pleased to present Theodor de Bry’s 16th century engravings in conjunction with the Florida Department of State’s Viva Florida 500 commemoration. Digital copies of the de Bry engravings are made possible by a donation from the Michael W. and Dr. Linda Fisher Collection.
De Bry’s engravings, first published in Grand Voyages (1591), contain the earliest known European images of Native Americans in what is now Florida. For his engravings, de Bry relied on the first-hand account of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, a member of the short-lived French colony at Fort Caroline. De Bry based his engravings on sketches made by Le Moyne of his experiences in Florida. Since Le Moyne’s original work has been lost, de Bry’s engravings are the only remaining visual history of the French expeditions to Florida in 1562 and 1564.
De Bry’s renditions of Le Moyne’s sketches are both historically significant and highly controversial. Scholars point out that certain aspects of the engravings do not match later depictions of the Timucua Indians encountered by the French in northeastern Florida, and also contend that de Bry certainly altered the images prior to publication. Artistic license is evident in several of the images included here. For example, in the scene depicting Timucua warfare against the Potanou [Plate XIII], mountains are visible in what is supposed to be northeastern Florida. Other images also contain items not found in Florida, such as the Pacific nautilus rather than the Florida whelk shell as a Timucuan ceremonial object [Plates XIX and XL].
In other instances, more reliable clues about Timucuan culture emerge. For example, in Plate XVIII, “The Chief Applied to by Women Whose Husbands Have Died in the War or by Disease,” the Timucua chief is adorned with numerous tattoos. Because Europeans were largely unfamiliar with tattooing for decorative purposes, it is unlikely that either Le Moyne or de Bry fabricated Timucuan body art. Later ethnographic information confirms that tattooing was common among the southeastern Indians.
The original 42 plates that make up de Bry’s series on Florida can be viewed on the Florida Memory website. The images are accompanied by English translations of the first German-language edition of Grand Voyages.