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An official partner with Viva Florida 500, this foundation was created by prominent Hispanic leaders to provide comprehensive information regarding Spain's contributions to the success of Florida and the United States.
This archive is from the Florida Division of Library and Information Services and is a wonderful resource for historical photos, videos, audio recordings and more. Be sure to look for their Viva Florida 500 materials.
The City of St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city and was founded by the Spanish in 1565.
Florida's tourism industry's official marketing website offers animated Heritage Trails and brief videos, schedule of events, biographies of historic Florida notables, and postings by Hispanic blogger, Patricia Peña, who shares her thoughts on places she visits around the state.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide celebration to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513. This website is maintained by the Florida Department of State.
Library Online Resources
Students can use this fun and easy database to search Florida history topics. Search articles about Henry Flagler, Kennedy Space Center, Florida hurricanes, and much more.
Grab a great Florida read. You are sure to find a favorite.
Read about Florida's fascinating past. Learn about the discovery of Florida, it's first pioneers, industries, tourism, and modern advancements.
Take a look at Florida Then & Now to learn about the Timucua, the Seminole Wars, and the growth of Florida's railroads with reproducible passages, FCAT style questions, and activity sheets. Search Floripedia for articles about Florida arranged alphabetically, encyclopedia style.
Learn about the Florida Legislature, how a bill becomes a law, and much more at this informative site for kids. You will find interesting facts about our state as well as fun puzzles and games.
Search the database for museums in Florida. Search by region to find local history museums that you can visit for a field trip or a weekend afternoon, such as the Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum and the Central Florida Railroad Museum.
Read about the contributions to Florida history by African Americans, Cubans, French, Jewish, Native Americans, Spanish and Women throughout the ages with the online and printable Heritage Trails Series. Find Florida Historical markers for the areas you are traveling to or passing through.
Search for Florida photographs, history highlights, and digital collections from the State Library and Archives of Florida.
Discover new places to go with this online guide to scenic highways and byways in Florida. Take the Green Mountain Byway and see rolling hills and historic houses 20 miles west of Orlando. Check out this and more at the Florida Department of Transportation website.
The Museum of Florida History explores Florida's people and events through artifacts, permanent exhibits, visiting exhibits, Florida home grown traveling exhibits, and interpretation of evidence of past and present Floridian cultures.
Use this database to search for concise biographies of notable people in Florida history.
Explore this database to learn more about notable people, places, and events in Florida history.
Explore your own Florida heritage in this genealogy database. There are also thousands of full-text history books that you can search by keyword.
Meet the Author Videos
Get a unique perspective on Florida by viewing our Meet the Author interviews with these Central Florida Reads authors:
- Patrick Smith, A Land Remembered
- Connie May Fowler, Before Women Had Wings
- Bill Belleville, River of Lakes
- Les Standiford, Last Train to Paradise
Resources for students and educators on Florida's first residents.
Newspapers often have special retrospective articles on local history and culture. Pick which Florida newspapers you want to search and get full-text articles. Or you can get a local overview by searching the Orlando Sentinel back to 1985.
On the Fourth Floor of the Main Library in downtown Orlando we have a special section called the Florida Collection. This is a reference collection that focuses solely on Florida. There are many older books about different communities and cultures of Florida. We also have the Orlando Sentinel on microfilm from 1911 to present!
Eat like you live here with this collection of cookbooks.
Learn about Florida's traditional and historic buildings. Some of them are right here in Orange County.
Read the Florida History and Culture Series published by the University Press of Florida and get a new perspective on Florida history.
Discover the customs of the Calusa Indians, journey back to the time of Florida Crackers, or read about Florida's modern curiosities.
Read anecdotes and tales from the lives of Floridians that lived them.
Get to know the parts and history of Florida Cracker houses, a symbol of Old Florida.
- Tropic of Cracker by Al Burt
- Tellable Cracker Tales by Annette J. Bruce
- Cracker Florida: Some Lives and Times by Ray Washington
- Cracker Times and Pioneer Lives: the Florida Reminiscences of George Gillett and Sarah Pamela Williams by George Gillett Keen
- Cracker: the Cracker Culture in Florida History by Dana Ste. Claire
- Cracker Florida's Enduring Cowboys, a Photographic Tribute by Jon Kral
- Florida's Antebellum Homes by Lewis N. Wynne and John T. Parks.
- Crackers in the Glade: Life and Times in the Old Everglades by Rob Sorter
- Classic Cracker: Florida's Classic Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture by Ronald W. Haase
Enjoy digital collections, Florida stories, and a section for teachers about Central Florida history. The project is made possible though the cooperative efforts of the Orange County Library System, the Orange County Regional History Center, University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and the Museum of Seminole County History.
Participate in this local history project by uploading your own pictures and stories about life in Orlando. Everyone has a story to tell and this is a unique opportunity to share your memories about Orlando.