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50 Years of Preserving Florida's History

In 1967, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Claude Kirk signed into law the Florida Archives and History Act creating what we know today as the Museum of Florida History, the Division of Historical Resources and the State Archives of Florida, which are at the foundation of the department’s mission to preserve, promote and protect Florida history. This year marks the milestone 50th anniversary of this legislation and to celebrate the department will be hosting a variety of educational programs and special events throughout the year for families, history lovers and all Floridians.

Grand Opening of the Museum of Florida History's Living the Dream: Twentieth Century Florida Exhibit

Grand Opening of the Museum of Florida History's Living the Dream: Twentieth Century Florida Exhibit

October 28, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Get ready for an exciting adventure through twentieth century Florida!

Join the Florida Department of State and the Museum of Florida History for the Grand Opening of their newest exhibit, Living the Dream: Twentieth-Century Florida, on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 2pm-9pm.

Kids and families can interact with the new exhibit, participate in a costume contest, and enjoy food, games and activities from 2:00 – 5:00.  The young at heart will enjoy the exhibit, food, games, live music and beer garden from 5:00 – 9:00.

Parking and admission are free.

COSTUME CONTEST: Both kids and adults will have a chance to win fun trophies by dressing up in their best costumes!

Kids’ costumes will be judged by age ranges, and by category.  The categories are: best costume under age 5; best costume age 5-10; best costume over age 10; best group costume; best overall.

Adult costumes will be judged by decade themes.  Dress in your favorite decade appropriate clothing and join the party!  (One trophy for each decade: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80-90s, best overall.)

FOOD: There will be food trucks on-site from which you can purchase lunch and dinner.  Come by for some delicious treats from Daisy’s Doghouse, Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery and Fired Up Pizza Truck.

GAMES: Throughout the day enjoy Oversized Checkers, Giant Jenga, Jumbo Match 4, Bean Bag Toss, Hula Hoop, Shuffle Board, Putt Putt Golf and more!

ACTIVITIES: You and your friends can recreate your own photos reminiscent of historic Florida photos found in the State Archives of Florida with fun props and backdrops!  Or swing by any of the other selfie stations throughout the exhibit or on the plaza for some fun photo opportunities.  Then share your photos socially with #MFH40th – we love reading your comments!

Meet 2017 Florida Folklife Heritage Award Winners, husband and wife, Lilly Carrasquillo Rey David Valdez. Spend some time with Lilly and make your very own vejigante mask!  Then join David to hear, see and learn the stories and regional Mexican folk music and dances.

Stop by the State Library and Archives reference desk on the second floor to learn how to begin your quest for archival treasure. 

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives stacks! See some of Florida's historical documents and hidden gems. 30 minute tours at 2:15, 3:00, 3;45 and 4:30 p.m. Space is limited for these tours, so be sure to sign up when you arrive!

LIVE MUSIC: Dance the night away with to famous cover songs by The Brown Goose! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back, relax and enjoy the band – or get up and dance to the tunes you know and love!

DOOR PRIZE: Be sure to visit the new exhibit and complete your entry form for a chance to win a fantastic prize basket filled with lots of great items!


The Friends of the Museums of Florida History would like to thank the sponsors of this event for their support:


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