Once Upon A Time In Florida

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A Florida Anthology 50 Years in the Making

As part of Florida Humanities’ 50th anniversary year, we published Once Upon a Time in Florida: Stories of Life in the Land of Promises to bring together curated articles from our ongoing, award-winning magazine, FORUM.

A milestone anthology of fascinating and thought-provoking Florida-related stories, the impressive 300+ page coffee table book Once Upon a Time in Florida explores the places, cultures, and events that have shaped the state from prehistoric times to the present. With 50 stories and over 150 images vividly rendered by some of the nation’s most acclaimed writers and scholars, Once Upon a Time in Florida is a must-have book for anyone who calls Florida home or simply enjoys history and great storytelling.

The anthology opens more than 14,000 years ago with the first people to inhabit the peninsula and continues through the state’s territorial beginnings, the era of slavery, statehood, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow period, and Florida’s transformation into a complex, powerful megastate.

Lasting Impressions

“Celebrating fifty years of Florida Humanities and its magazine FORUM, Once Upon a Time in Florida is a declaration of love for a state and its unique history. Beautifully designed, richly illustrated, and brilliantly written, the collected fifty essays illuminate the Florida experience for multi-generational Floridians and newcomers alike.”

— Barbara Mennel, professor and former director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida


“Just as the music of our lives strikes the same perfect tone every time we listen, this is a collection of best resonance. These essays and stories . . . reflect the mission of Florida Humanities itself, to help us understand the complex richness that is Florida.”

— From the foreword by Nashid Madyun, executive director, Florida Humanities

Get The Book, Support an Important Cause

For 50 years, we at Florida Humanities have upheld our mission: To preserve, promote and share the history, literature, cultures and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities and their state.

In addition to our own publications, initiatives, and programs, we provide critical funding to Florida-based nonprofits that explore the humanities in the Sunshine State. Museums, historical societies, libraries, colleges and many others have benefitted from the support of Florida Humanities. By becoming a member of Florida Humanities, you are supporting our mission and helping to elevate the humanities in Florida.

Three ways to receive your copy of "Once Upon a Time in Florida"

Our award-winning magazine, FORUM, is also included with memberships at all levels.

Become a Florida Humanities Member at the Patron or Scholar level:

Please consider becoming a member to support Florida Humanities and our important mission. Enjoy other great member benefits, including our insightful magazine, FORUM, delivered to your door three times a year! Complete membership benefits are noted below.

Become a Florida Humanities Member at the Philanthropist level or above:

At the Philanthropist level or above, you will receive a free, hardbound copy of Once Upon a Time in Florida; a copy of The Florida Vegetarian Cookbook by Dahlia Colón; FORUM magazine delivered to your door three times a year; and many other great member benefits! Complete membership benefits are noted below.

Purchase your copy directly:

Not quite ready to become a supporting member? While supplies last, you can purchase this incredible book and explore its content at the regular price through our partner distributor, University Press of Florida.

Click here to purchase the book directly.

Join Us During Our Statewide Book Tour!

Editor Jacki Levine

Join us for our statewide book tour featuring Once Upon a Time editor Jacki Levine, scholars and writers featured in the anthology. 

Explore Your Florida Humanities Membership Benefits

  • Patron: $60
  • Scholar: $120
  • Philanthropist: $300
  • Humanitarian: $600
  • Altruist: $1,200

Patron Benefits Include:

  • FORUM Magazine
  • Monthly Enewsletter
  • Florida Humanities Branded Item
  • 30% Discount for University Press of Florida Publications
  • Member-Only Content
  • Exclusive Member-Only Programming
  • Advanced Notice of Special Events
FORUM Covers

Scholar Benefits Include:

  • FORUM Magazine
  • Monthly Enewsletter
  • Florida Humanities Branded Item
  • 30% Discount for University Press of Florida Publications
  • Member-Only Content
  • Exclusive Member-Only Programming
  • Advanced Notice of Special Events
  • Special Item! Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Premium book (The Florida Vegetarian Cookbook by Dahlia Colón)
FORUM Covers

Philanthropist Benefits Include:

FORUM Covers

Humanitarian Benefits Include:

FORUM Covers

Altruist Benefits Include:

FORUM Covers

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— Historian Raymond Arsenault

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would be like without the Florida Humanities

— Historian Raymond Arsenault

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