We are pleased to present our exhibit from Special Collections which feature items from the Floridiana, Mickler, and Ephemera Collections. This exhibit chronicles Florida’s history from the 1850s through the 1950s, and highlights the individuals who came to settle and vacation in Florida. This history is seen through travel journals, diaries, correspondence, and travel brochures.
This exhibit contains newspaper clippings chronicling the acquisition of Florida from Spain, social interactions, in addition to art portraying Native Americans. Also featured is correspondence between visitors to the state and their family, as well as pictures of local cities before the arrival of Disney. This exhibit will highlight the people who came to see and document the Everglades as well as swim at Daytona Beach, and catch a glimpse of the famous alligators. This history is displayed through the eyes of the scientists and workers, as well as youth such as the diaries of C.R.M. and a letter from Carrie Elaine Dorset to her friend back home. Not only are the politics and daily work life exhibited but we also see what the youth did to pass their time. Several photo albums showcased will highlight what Florida looked like during the turn of the 19th century giving the viewer a glimpse into Florida’s varied and fascinating past.