Each year, middle and high school students from across the state participate in the Florida History Fair program, coordinated at the state level by the Museum of Florida History. The students create performances, websites, display boards, documentaries, and essays to present their research on a wide variety of historical topics.
Florida Memory is proud to support the Florida History Fair program by expanding student access to the resources of the State Library & Archives online. If you are a parent, student, teacher, media specialist, or just someone who knows a young person who will be participating in this incredible experience, this post is for you!
Every year the State Library and Archives of Florida creates a resource guide for the Florida History Fair. This guide links to photographs, videos and documents on Florida Memory. It also provides bibliographic information for key printed primary and secondary sources.
The new expanded and revised Resources for the 2016 Florida History Fair is now up! This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.
Although students can select a topic dealing with any time or place in history, excellent subjects often are found by investigating local or statewide history.
The guide has resources for over fifty suggested Florida topics. Here are a few examples.
- Juan Ponce de León’s Expeditions to Florida
- Zora Neale Hurston: Searching for Florida Folklife
- Race to the Moon: The U.S. Space Industry
- In Search of History: Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research
- Jacques le Moyne, Artist of the French Fort of La Caroline
- Francis Drake’s Raid on St. Augustine
- May Mann Jennings’ Fight for Women’s Suffrage
- The Ashley Gang
- The Cigar Industry of Key West and Ybor City
- Greeks and the Tarpon Springs Sponge Industry
- Linking the Keys: Flagler’s Overseas Railroad
- Pan American Airlines, Founded in Key West
Find more ideas in the Resources for the 2016 Florida History Fair guide.
[UPDATE: Known since its inception in 1980 as the “Florida History Fair,” the program name is changing to “Florida History Day” (FHD) in keeping with the style of other National History Day (NHD) affiliates.]