Writing for the Public Good Book Launch

The Matheson History Museum welcomes back author and UF master lecturer Dr. Steve Noll for the launch of his newest book Writing for the Public Good. For the safety of staff and attendees, capacity will be limited to 75 people and masks are required. Admission is free but registration is required, click here to register. A virtual option via Zoom is available for those who cannot attend in person. Click

Broadcasting Hope: A Community Listening Event

The University of Florida and the Matheson History Museum will host a presentation and performance, followed by an interactive podcast listening experience. The event will begin with a libation by Turbado Marabou, a babalawo and doctoral student researching Black Aesthetics, followed by an exploration of decolonization themes presented through ritualized dance and spoken word by Rujeko Dumbutshena, a Zimbabwe-born artist and researcher at UF. Dr. Amanda Concha-Holmes will discuss the

2021 Bartram Symposium

The Bartram Symposium is part of the St. Johns River Bartram Frolic by the Bartram Trail Society of Florida. It features 4 Bartram scholars each discussing their vision of the legacy of the TRAVELS of William Bartram. The documentary Cultivating the Wild follows. The one-hour film focuses on six southerners committed to reclaiming the nature of the South through art, science and culture with William Bartram, America’s first environmentalist and

2021 St. Johns River Frolic Outdoors

Stroll along the Riverfront and explore ten “Passport to the Past stations” where attendees will about regional figures and facts of the mid-to-late 1700s. Presenters include Mike Adams as William Bartram, Jim Sawgrass as the Long Warrior, Robert Wilson as trader Job Wiggens, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Keep Putnam Beautiful, FWC, St. Johns River Water Management District, the St. Johns River Center and Water Works Environmental Education Center – the

Florida Talks: Presidents in Florida

George Washington had nothing but trouble in Florida. Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Three men came to Florida to fight and ended up in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt was nearly assassinated before he could be inaugurated and quick thinking by a Secret Service agent saved John Kennedy’s life in Florida. Learn about America’s presidents’ strange relationship with our state. This

Florida Talks: Hometown Teams: Florida Sports History

The history of sports in Florida in the content of racial and gender issues, the influence of big business, and personal identities Floridians have with their local teams. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and

Florida Water Stories

Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in 1991. For this talk, Steve Noll will discuss Florida’s long and difficult relationship with water, its attempts to turn land into water and water into land, and the contentious issues involving the Everglades, the Ocklawaha River, political battles with Alabama and Georgia, and the potential impact of sea-level rise.

Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense in the Early Cold War

So-called traditional roles for women in the 1950s as housewives and mothers have been well documented. Yet millions of women took advantage of the opportunity to expand their roles by either being employed by or volunteering for civil defense agencies and organizations. The Federal Civil Defense Administration set its goal as having women constitute up to 70 percent of the national civil program, and women responded. Women held management and

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