Things to Do in Sarasota: A Calendar of Events

Florida without the Theme Parks!

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 General Florida Links

The Florida Heritage Collection is an ongoing cooperative project of the State University System (SUS) of Florida to digitize and provide online access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature, sciences and social sciences. Thematic areas in this growing collection include Native American and minority populations, exploration and development, tourism, the natural environment, and regional interests. 

Exploring Florida: A Social Studies Resource for Students and Teachers, produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology,College of Education, University of South Florida © 2002.  Includes great resources like Florida Maps, primary documents, historic photos, historical reenactment movies, and more. Environment Education for Florida: A Resource for Citizens, Students and Teachers

A Florida Bibliography: Classics, Mysteries, Biographies, Science Fiction and more.

Florida in Poetry: A History of the Imagination

The Schrapnel Papers:Verisimilitude on the Venereal Peninsula: satire on Florida literature

Florida Center for the Book: includes a literary map of Florida

Florida History Internet Masterpage: An intriguing site composed by M. C. Bob Leonard, Professor of History, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Florida, includes a Florida Interactive History Text, a guide to the best in Florida State Parks, Weird Florida, and other goodies.

Florida Heritage: Real and Virtual: The Florida Heritage pages were created by Kristin Kubly, Open Campus Librarian at Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

The FLGENWEB Project: Genealogy and History

Florida Heritage Magazine

Florida History and Antiquities Index

Inskeep's Florida History Page: Florida treasure

Florida Newspapers Online: This site is developed and maintained by the State Library of Florida. Links are provided to a variety of Florida newspapers, some of which offer full text of current articles and archives, some of which offer only tables of contents.

Florida on Film: Florida Movies and Videos

Florida Movieposter Collection from the Museum of Florida History

Florida Motion Picture and Television Association

Florida History Websites & Places to Go in Florida links by Susan Wichers

Reclaiming the Everglades, "a digital collection of primary source materials, images and publications relating to the history of south Florida's environment. The collection comprises nearly 10,000 pages and images. Most of the items digitally reproduced for Reclaiming the Everglades are from the period 1884-1934"

Friends of the Everglades

Another Floridiana page

Florida Links from the Open Directory Project

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Florida Museums
Historical ** Art ** Other

Florida Association of Museums


Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum: the museum of the Seminole Tribe on Big Cypress Reservation. The primary purpose of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is to preserve and interpret the culture, language and customs of the Florida Seminoles.

De Soto National Memorial Bradenton.  
"From mid-December through mid-April, at Camp Ucita, Park Rangers dressed as Conquistadors bring the clash of 16th Century Spanish and Native American culture to life."

Pinellas County Heritage Village Largo

Ybor City Museum
, Tampa

Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa

Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa"Today, the Henry B Plant Museum faithfully recreates the ambiance early Florida tourists experienced, down to the furnishings, lighting fixtures and art."

St. Petersburg Museum of History

Southwest Florida Museum of History Ft. Meyers

"Opened in 1977, the Museum of Florida History (Tallahassee) collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in Florida, and promotes knowledge and appreciation of this heritage. As the state history museum, it focuses on artifacts and eras unique to Florida's development and on roles that Floridians have played in national and global events."

Historical Museum of Southern Florida: "Explore 10,000 years of History and Folklife in Greater Miami, South, Florida and the Carribbean."

Family Heritage House Museum at Manatee Community College: Bradenton Campus is free and open to the public. Unique collection of historical African-American memorabilia located in wing adjacent to library. Call (941) 752-5319.

Fort Mose: Free African Settlement, St. Augustine
Established in 1738 by Colonial Spanish Florida's Governor Manuel Montiano, Fort Mose gave sanctuary to Africans challenging enslavement in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, forming more than 20 households. Together they created a frontier community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions. Fort Mose, a maroon community, was legally sanctioned by the Spanish Government making it the first free African settlement to legally exist in the United States.

Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg

Spongeorama Tarpon Springs

Mission San Luis, Tallahassee: Mission San Luis de Apalachee was the western capital of the mission system in La Florida from 1656 to 1704.

Historic Smallwood Store: Old Indian Trading Post and Museum, Chokoloskee

Micanopy Historical Society Museum, Micanopy

North Brevard Historical Museum, Titusville

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray: The park includes the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the living culture of Japan.

Florida Historical Museums and National Monuments: links across the state


Ringling Museum of Art , Sarasota

Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art, Sarasota

Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Tampa Museum of Art

USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa,

Latin American Art Museum, Miami," is the first and only museum dedicated 100% to the preservation, diffusion and promotion of contemporary Hispanic and Latin American Art, that means: Spain and Latin America, including non-Spanish speaking countries as well as Brazil and Haiti."

African-American Museum of the Arts, Deland

Florida Art Museums and Galleries: links across the state


Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg: presents season-long "blockbuster" exhibits

Florida Museum of Natural History, UF, Gainesville

Kennedy Space Center

Solomon's Castle, Ona

Coral Castle, Homestead

Archaeology Collection: visuals from FSU from the San Luis Mission in Tallahassee

Florida Lighthouse Page: links to all of Florida's lighthouses and lighthouse museums

Florida' s Aviation Museums: links

Florida Science Museums and Planetariums: links

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Florida Cultures and Cultural Festivals



Florida Humanities Council

Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections 1937-1942, The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress: "a multiformat ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic, Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan, Seminole, and Slavic cultures throughout Florida. Recorded by Robert Cook, Herbert Halpert, Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, Alton Morris, and others in conjunction with the Florida Federal Writers' Project, the Florida Music Project, and the Joint Committee on Folk Arts of the Work Projects Administration, it features folksongs and folktales in many languages, including blues and work songs from menhaden fishing boats, railroad gangs, and turpentine camps; children's songs, dance music, and religious music of many cultures; and interviews, also known as "life histories." The online presentation provides access to 376 sound recordings and 106 accompanying materials, including recording logs, transcriptions, correspondence between Florida WPA workers and Library of Congress personnel, and an essay on Florida folklife by Zora Neale Hurston. A new essay by Stetson Kennedy reflects on the labor and the legacy of the WPA in Florida, and an extensive bibliography, a list of related Web sites, and a guide to the ethnic and language groups of Florida add further context to the New Deal era and to Florida culture."

Florida Historical Contexts was written by various authors under a project directed by Jerald T. Milanich in 1990. Illustrations were added later and some text sections have been updated by the staff of the Division of Historical Resources. Florida Historical Contexts is a multimedia presentation on the history of aboriginal Florida. 

Myths and Dreams: Exploring the Cultural Legacies of Florida and the Caribbean. The website for the of the Millennium Project is to facilitate understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Florida and the Caribbean.  Includes essays, visuals, and information about the exhibition at various sites in Florida.

Florida Folk Festival
, White Springs: Memorial Day Weekend

The Florida Gathering: location varies, sponsored by the Florida Humanties Council: last weekend in March

Old Florida Festival, Collier County Museum, Naples, first weekend in November

Sarasota Reading Festival: website for the annual November event.

Will McLean Music Festival: Florida Folk Music at Sertoma Youth Ranch, Dade City: March

Annual Festivals and Events: links by Susan Wichers (mostly Brevard and Orange Counties)


Florida's Lost Tribes: paintings by Theodore Morris of Florida's pre-Encounter inhabitants

Seminole Tribe of Florida: History, Culture, Government and much more.

"Heritage of the Ancient Ones (HOTAO) "is a multicultural, nonprofit organization, offering educational and environmental awareness programs. We are dedicated to preserving the history, culture and traditions of Florida's original native peoples, while promoting respect for Mother Earth. By recreating the world of Florida's First People, we honor the Ancient Ones who once cared for this land."

Discover Native America: Pow-wow and Native American Indian Festival sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida on the campus of Eckerd College, St. Petersburg: early Spring -- call 1-800-535-2228 for information

Annual Mystic Eagle Powwow, Oscar Scherer State Park, last weekend in January, as listed on 
Powwow Power: Florida

Chasco Fiesta, New Port Richey, March

Kwaanza, December 26
Martin Luther King Day, January 15

Materials on the Destruction of Rosewood, FL

Black Archives from FAMU

At the Crossroads: Afro-Cuban Orisha Arts in Miami, an online exhibit from the Historical Museum of Southern Florida

Florida Black Heritage Trail

Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities: Eatonville, FL, last weekend in January


Cracker Country at the Florida State Fair


Minorcan History and Recipes

Greek Glendi, Sarasota, February

Events and Festivals, Tarpon Springs:
Epiphany, January 6
Greek Fest, February
Greek Independence Day Parade, March
Taste of Tarpon Springs Food and Art Fest, May


The Italian Club, Ybor City

Italian Festivals
Venice, February
Tampa, April


Florida Cuban Heritage Trail

Guavaween: Tampa: last weekend in October

Miami International Film Festival, March


Florida Jewish Heritage Trail

Festival of Jewish Films: Sarasota, second week of April


Sho-Fu Bonsai Society of Sarasota


Koreshan Historical Site: a utopian community in Estero, FL

The Koreshan Unity:  A Bibliography

The Koreshans: Cyrus Teed and the "New Jerusalem
the "unofficial" site 

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Florida Artists' Hall of Fame

Florida Poets: Links

WPA Life Histories from Florida:
"These titles are mostly first-person accounts of life in Florida collected during the Great Depression. The WPA project categories include: LIFE AND SONGS IN SLAVERY and OLD FAMILIES. Subjects include: AGRICULTURE, Including agricultural workers, tenant farmers, sharecroppers and gardeners; LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY, including Civil War reminiscences and former slaves; OCCUPATIONS AND INDUSTRIES, including tradesmen, teachers, lawyers, bankers, insurance workers, cigarmakers, watermen, mining, health care, turpentine and unemployment; RELIGION, including ministers, wedding customs, and Father Divine;POLITICS, including attitudes toward voting, woman's suffrage; HEALTH CARE, including midwifery, black physician, and blind residents; DAILY LIFE, including home furnishings, food and diet; FOLKLORE, including superstitions, songs, and dialect; and ETHNIC/NATIONAL GROUPS, including Greeks, Cubans and Seminole Indians."

Great Floridians: Political Papers Project for the New Century
"These papers contain the priceless and varied record of stewardships that wielded statewide and national significance. The records of Floridians' effort in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Florida Legislature, along with the personal papers of Governors document human responsiveness to change and challenge."

The Highwaymen (article on African-American artists by Jim Fitch)

Florida's Rock and Roll Legends

Toonster's Parrothead Page: a fan's tribute to Jimmy Buffett

Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Everglades activist and author of River of Grass

The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress

Poems of Sidney Lanier

Bone Mizell: Cracker Cowboy of the Palmetto Prairies: article from Wild West

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore from PBS
The Ballad of Harry Moore by Langston Hughes
discover one of Florida's first civil rights activists

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic Site: the novelist's home in Cross Creek.

Gamble Rogers : folksinger (1937-1991)

Stetson Kennedy: America's first investigative historian

Randy Wayne White: the mystery author's homepage

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State Departments of Florida

The Florida Heritage Collection is an ongoing cooperative project of the State University System (SUS) of Florida to digitize and provide online access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature, sciences and social sciences. Thematic areas in this growing collection include Native American and minority populations, exploration and development, tourism, the natural environment, and regional interests. 

Florida Division of Historical Resources, sponsor of Florida Folklife Programs

Florida Department of State's website includes Florida Facts and History among other enlightening pages

State Library of Florida includes The Florida Electronic Library and Florida History Links 

Florida State Archives

Florida State Parks

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County and City Histories

Name Origins of Florida Places

Florida Local Government: links to state and local government agencies
 from FloridaSmart

Local History of Cities and Areas in Florida from Florida Smart

County Histories a bibliography from the State Library of Florida

Local History of Cities and Areas in Florida from Florida Smart: Your Florida Web Guide -- a list of links

Sarasota County History Center includes:
Archaeology of Sarasota County
Dreamers of our Past
Historic Designation
National Register Historic Sites
Sarasota County Courthouse
Sarasota County Historical Markers
Sarasota County History in Photographs
Historic Sarasota County
Sarasota School of Architecture

Historic Sarasota County

Discover Venice: Venice Archives and Area Historical Collection

Charlotte County History from Florida Independent History and Genealogy

Manatee County Historical Records Library

Ybor City: The City with a Past! Tampa

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Publishers of Florida Literature
Pineapple Press
University Press of Florida 

Anhinga Press

Florida Publishers Association

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Last updated 29 Jan 2004