Educational Units

Zora Neale Hurston, the WPA in Florida, and the Cross City Turpentine Camp
Zora Neale Hurston was already a published writer when she began working for the Florida division of the Work Projects Administration (WPA). In August of 1939, Hurston went on a recording expedition to the turpentine camps in Cross City, Florida. Includes photos and lesson plans.

Netmaking and Net Fishing in Florida
Longtime net maker and Fernandina resident Billy Burbank III discusses the history and practices of the net making trade. Includes photos and lesson plans.

Lucreaty Clark, White Oak Basket Maker
Clark learned to make white oak baskets from her parents. Originally these sturdy baskets were used to hold cotton and carry vegetables. The tradition of white oak basket making has been carried on by Lucreaty Clark's grandson, Alphonso Jennings.

Seminole Doll Making
Seminole doll maker Mary B. Billie and her daughter, Claudia C. John, discuss the history and practices of Seminole doll making. Includes photos and lesson plans.

Shape Note Singing in Florida
This educational unit provides photographs, audio recordings and documents from the Florida Folklife Collection that demonstrate the place shape note singing has held in the cultural life of Floridians from the 1800s to the contemporary era. A brief history of this tradition is included along with lesson plans and other resources.