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Now is the Time


Local histories are the foundation stones of State history. Florida, which is far behind its neighbors in the knowledge of its history, is beginning to catch up. A number of local and regional associations are organized, and some are collecting and preserving the historical material of their areas. Miami, Jacksonville, Pensacola, St. Petersburg, Palm Beach, the Manatee region, and others have collections. An important recent addition is the Tampa area with its Hillsborough County Historical Commission. There is a revival of historical effort in St. Augustine, the gem of Florida’s historic past, with the collection and work of the St. Augustine Historical Society, but their efforts are largely negatived by the exploitation of historical fakes for personal profit on a large scale, which reflects on the historical honesty of the whole State.