What we can learn about Florida— and art —through the Vicker’s Collection

The Vickers have been very generous with loans and access to their collection in the past. But this donation goes far, far beyond. We should all be thrilled for the University of Florida and the Harn Museum of Art and their staff, as well as their faculty, students, and visitors. It’s an important moment for the state of Florida. By Jennifer Hardin What can we learn from this collection? So

Notable Women from the FORUM Archives

The list of notable Florida women is long. We’ve highlighted some of those lesser-known heroes in the pages of the Summer 2021 FORUM, shining a light on legacies that Floridians see every day, often unaware of the powerful females behind them. Florida Humanities, however, has also frequently featured women whose names and accomplishments are far more familiar. You’ll find them in the vast FORUM archives Here’s a look at just

Twilight of the Spanish, 1780s – 1821: Reading List

Historian Dr. Brian Rucker  offers this reading list for those who would like to learn more about the events leading up to Spain handing over Florida to the U.S. Belko, William S., ed.  America’s Hundred Years’ War:  U.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763-1858.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida, 2011. Brooks, Philip Coolidge.  Diplomacy and the Borderlands – the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819. Berkeley: 

Red Cypress on the Rainbow River

I love to kayak the spring-fed rivers of Florida. This is the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, fed by more than 700 spring boils. I took the photo in the fall. The tree is a red cypress. Normally, cypress trees are what cause the tea-colored water in the spring-fed rivers. There is something amazing about the springs. I truly find peace in them. They give me a reason to continue on

When you leave the beaten path….

History, and a few quirky surprises, await on the backroads of our state By Ron Cunningham Featured image above: Countless red bricks remain on the old Dixie Highway as it runs from Espanola through piney woods into Putnam County. A red-brick road into the past, a lighthouse at the edge of the world, a vanishing waterfall, an improbable aluminum castle and a forgotten Civil War fortification. Those are five out-of-the-way

Twilight of the Spanish, 1780s-1821

How Florida became part of the United States By Brian R. Rucker Featured image above: Andrew Jackson Spain lost its colony of Florida to England, in 1763, after the French and Indian War/Seven Years War. By the time it reacquired Florida from Britain 20 years later with the Treaty of Paris, Spain was no longer the great European colonial power it had once been. By 1821, Spain would transfer its

Setting the stage: The early Spanish Period in Florida 1565–1763

By Judith A. Bense Featured image above: An artist’s rendering of the landing of Don Tristan de Luna at present-day Pensacola in 1559. Florida was home for thousands of years to Indigenous people who hunted, fished, and raised crops and their families along its waterways. Evidence of their communities are preserved at Crystal River near Homosassa, Lake Jackson Mounds in Tallahassee, and the Bickel Mound Site near Bradenton. But the

Judi’s Journey

Through bitter times and sweet, this transplanted Floridian finds recipe for happiness in culinary traditions By Dalia Colón Featured image above: Chef Judi Gallagher educated herself on the food and growing seasons of Florida when she moved to Sarasota from New England two decades ago. Today, she is a regular presence demonstrating recipes and offering cooking tips on Tampa Bay’s NBC affiliate. Judi Gallagher was 6 when she got an

Commemorating July 17, 1821

With the 200th anniversary of Florida’s passing from Spanish to American possession, Pensacola celebrates its important role —with a look back at the people there that day. By Margo S. Stringfield Featured image above: As part of the bicentennial commemoration-day festivities on July 16–17, this reproduction keel boat will be anchored in Pensacola. Reenactors will tell the story of how important the vessels were in the years around 1821 in

10 Works that are “not to be missed”

By Dulce Román Harn Museum of Art Chief Curator and Curator of Modern Art, curator of A Florida Legacy: Gift of Samuel H. and Roberta T. Vickers. All photographs are courtesy of the Florida art collection, gift of Samuel H. And Roberta T. Vickers, Harn Museum of Art. Photography by Randy Batista. Thomas Moran (American, 1837–1926)Fort George Island, 1880 Oil on canvas 11 x 15 in. Thomas Moran became famous
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