Photo Exhibits

Photo exhibits spotlight various topics in Florida history, and are accompanied by brief text intended to place selected materials in historical context.

Plantation Culture
Land and Labor in Florida History


Luna Plantation (ca. 1940)

Item Number: V-149

This film has beautiful footage of the Luna Plantation in Leon County. This footage is composed of four combined short films. There are scenes showing: quail hunting; people on the plantation steps; a woman taking photographs; plowing with a sit-down plow; two children playing with a wagon/stroller apparatus; a picnic in the woods; people aboard a ship; playing tennis; boating; and an African-American man poling a boat.

Thanksgiving (ca. 1950)

Item Number: V-177

This home movie begins with Thanksgiving dinner at the Russo's. Next is Lance's birthday and opening gifts with Mom and Dad. The film continues with a family visit to the Lewis Plantation. There are scenes of workers' cabins, an African-American child dancing on a deck, and buildings and structures on the plantation. The film continues with scenes of Weeki Wachee Springs and its mermaids and ends with the Gasparilla Celebration in Tampa.

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