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    External Affairs

    The Office of External Affairs is responsible for the overall marketing and promotion of the department’s activities and programs to enhance the visibility of the Department of State. Additionally, the office oversees the management of the department’s museums, all in Tallahassee.  

    Together, The Grove Museum, Knott House Museum, Mission San Luis, and Museum of Florida History offer a multifaceted view of how Florida's people lived, worked and played throughout the state's development from prehistory to the present.


    The Grove Museum

    Set atop a commanding hill, surrounded by towering magnolias and sprawling live oaks, stands the Call-Collins House at The Grove.

    The mission of The Grove Museum is to preserve and interpret the Call-Collins House, its surrounding acreage, and its historical collections, in order to engage the public in dialogue about the struggle for civil rights and American history. 


    House tours offered on the hour Wednesday to Friday 1:00–3:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Grounds open Wednesday to Saturday 10­:00–4:00 p.m. 
    Free admission
    902 N. Monroe Street, 850.577.0228

    Knott House Museum

    The Knott House invites visitors to experience life in the 1920s - 1930s. Decorated in Victorian splendor, the 1840s home features original furnishings chosen by the Knott family beginning in 1928. 

    Prior to the Knotts’ arrival, on May 20, 1865, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook lived in the house when he formally announced President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in the state. 


    Guided house tours offered on the hour Wednesday to Friday 1–3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    *Closed during the month of August for maintenance.*
    Free admission
    301 East Park Avenue, 850.922.2459

    Mission San Luis

    A visit to Mission San Luis transports visitors back to San Luis de Talimali, a community where Apalachee Indians and Spanish colonists lived together.

    The historical interpreters at this living history museum (the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida) are devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee Indian and Spanish colonial residents.


    Open Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Admission: Adults–$5.00,  Seniors (65 and over)–$3.00,  Children (6 -17)–$2.00 Children under 6, Active Duty Military, and friends Members–Free
    2100 West Tennessee Street, 850.245.6406

    Museum of Florida History

    At the Museum of Florida History, be inspired by Florida’s past as you stand next to the skeleton of a giant mastodon, navigate through Spanish maritime history, explore the citrus industry and Tin Can Tourist camps, travel aboard an early 1900s Florida riverboat, dress up in Grandma’s Attic, or share the experiences of Florida’s World War II soldiers and families on the homefront. You’ll find all this and more as you stroll through interactive exhibits about Florida history.


    Open Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday and holidays: Noon–4:30 p.m.
    Free admission
    500 South Bronough Street, 850.245.6400



    Contact Us

    Florida Department of State

    R. A. Gray Building
    500 South Bronough Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

    Fax: 850.245.6128

    Roles of Women

    During the Civil War, women had to take on additional responsibilities at home, whether on a large plantation or small farm, because the men were off at war. Florida women worked to support the Confederate war effort by sewing flags, providing supplies such as bandages, and sewing clothing for soldiers. Groups like the Ladies Soldiers Friend Sewing Society, based in Tallahassee, performed these tasks as well as running fund raisers to support the Florida Hospital for soldiers. The Florida in the Civil War exhibit at Museum of Florida History offers a glimpse into life on the Civil War Homefront.

    Ellen Call Long kept a regular diary during the Civil War. Interactive audio exhibits at The Grove Museum feature excerpts from Ellen's diary, which capture her perception on the new world emerging as the war neared its conclusion. The diary also provides brief glimpses into the lives of the enslaved workers, filtered through Ellen’s perspective as a slave owner.

    In the years of World War II, resources including food, rubber, and nylon were scarce. Ration books authorized the purchase of limited amounts of various products per week, including sugar, coffee, meats, butter, and canned goods. Many families grew "victory gardens" to have fresh produce. The women at home made do with available resources to support their families while contributing to the war effort. Learn more about women’s varied roles in World War II at Museum of Florida History.