2014 Florida Archives Month

This year’s Florida Archives Month theme will celebrate what is weird and wonderful about our state.

A Wagon Load of Grapefruit, Florida Memory, State Archives of Florida

Florida – known the world over as one of the most visited travel destinations, is full of notable wonders besides sand, sun, and retirees. We have some of the most interesting and unusual historical places, legends, roadside attractions, unusual creatures (albino alligators, mermaids, skunk-apes, etc.) events, and people in the country! Most certainly we have records of these things in our archives…this October let’s proudly share what is weird and wonderful about our state!

Submit to Online Exhibit

SFA Members are encouraged to submit materials for the online exhibit hosted in our Flickr group. Selected images may be used for posters or other materials used to promote Florida Archives Month. For additional inspiration for selecting what to contribute to the online exhibit, please check out Charlie Carlson’s book Weird Florida. All types of material are welcome – photographs, postcards, broadsides, documents, etc. 

We will be accepting submissions for the entire month of October. Photo submissions must be limited to five (5) per SFA member. Submissions must be high-quality, high resolution images that include a 40-word maximum description for each item. Submit images and text to archivesmonthsfa@gmail.com and we will post all submissions into our Flickr group with the tag 2014ArchivesMonth.

Submit Events for the SFA Calendar

SFA will be maintaining a calendar of Archives Month events happening all over Florida. To submit an event, email the event name, date and time, and location along with any particulars to archivesmonthsfa@gmail.com.

Start or Join a Meet Up around the State

SFA would like to create a local archivists “Meetup” group in the Tallahassee area that will meet from time to time at various repositories to not only enjoy good fellowship and tour their archives, but also to network with each other and to share information about what we’re doing in our institutions.

We also encourage members, beginning with this celebration, to form Meetup groups in cities and regions across the state.  It’s a great opportunity for fellow professionals to meet, learn about the diverse array of archival materials in our repositories, and to plan and discuss outreach efforts to raise awareness among various audiences of the value of archives and archivists.

For the inaugural Meetup of the Tallahassee group, all archivists in this region are invited to attend a slideshow exhibition, “The Golden Age of Florida’s Miracle Strip,” on Friday, October 17, at the State Archives of Florida. Melody May, a promotional model long associated with the Miracle Strip, will be present, and tourism historian Tim Hollis is scheduled to speak about the history of the tourism industry in the Panama City area. We'll send out more information as the event gets closer.

Tell you about any Meet Ups you have planned for Florida Archives Month and we'll be sure to post them to our News feed and get the word out! Send all announcements to archivesmonthsfa@gmail.com.

2014 Archives Month Committee

Chair: William Modrow, SFA Vice President
Members: Burt Altman, Susan Rishworth, Mary Rubin

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