• High noon in the Florida chaparral

    By Mark Jerome Walters There are places in Florida that take you right into the heart of Texas. Cracker cowboys ride through paddocks that look like they’re out of old Laredo. Cows and little dogies

  • Christmases-past were Florida style!

    Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, and contraband bottles of whisky washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases-past in Florida. Over the years, despite frontier hardships, wars and storms, folks have found distinctive ways to celebrate

  • A New Window to the Past

    By: Cindy Bear, Guest Contributor In 1926 one person prevented the final destruction of a massive sand mound used as a burial place by the Calusa people from about A.D. 1000 to 1700. Now, the

  • Remembering Mike Gannon

    Remembering Mike Gannon Michael Gannon’s remarkable life touched many thousands of Floridians. A school dropout who grew up in historic St. Augustine, he went on to become an eminent Florida historian. Along the way he

  • Race and Change: The Florida Experience

    Race and Change: The Florida Experience Read how Kitty Oliver, a veteran South Florida journalist, author, oral historian, jazz singer, and university professor, was inspired to collect the personal stories of Floridians from many cultures

  • How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida

    How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida “It seemed to me that my first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” wrote Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a journalist who left Upstate New

  • How a worldly little lime found fame in Florida

    How a worldly little lime found fame in Florida After a winding journey some 500 years ago, a small, tart lime arrived in the Florida Keys. It had started out in southern Asia and was

  • Florida Stories Walking Tours Launching Soon

    Florida Stories Walking Tours Listen. These streets have stories to tell. Take a stroll through history with our free walking tours as your guide. Just download our Florida Stories walking tour app to your phone

  • A Historian’s Dreamland

    By Gary R. Mormino In 1977, Ybor City was in steep decline. Few of the original inhabitants of this once-vibrant ethnic community remained. Seventh Avenue was a shadow of the thriving commercial center of years

  • Meet Zora

    Who was Zora Neale Hurston? Get to know this singular woman, author of one of Florida’s greatest novels, Their Eyes Were Watching God; an independent spirit who didn’t let 1930s-era racial and socioeconomic obstacles stifle