Florida has the longest history of ranching of any state in the United States. This exhibit celebrates that long history and the continuing importance of cattle and ranching to the Florida economy and culture.
In 1945, administrators asked returning veterans if they would be willing to attend classes at Florida State College for Women (FSCW) in Tallahassee, if the college provided adequate housing, transportation, and instruction.
Since shortly after the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Florida has attracted entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors, not to mention the U.S. military and scientists, interested in the possibilities of flight.
Although Florida, the state of sunshine and beaches, swamps and alligators, was already home to Cold War-era missile sites, the dawn of the space age would bring dramatic changes to the state's economy, landscape, and culture.
This exhibit presents images that illustrate the changing nature of social relations on large estates throughout Florida's history. The text provides a brief overview of changes in labor and land use in Florida from the arrival of Europeans and Africans to the present.
Florida Memory is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.