Imagining La Florida: Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Museum of Florida History, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida
Start your voyage aboard a replica Spanish galleon and travel 500 years back in time to explore Florida’s early colonial history at the new temporary exhibit at the Museum of Florida History.
Imagining La Florida: Ponce de León and the Quest for the Fountain of Youth is an immersive exhibit that recounts Florida history from the preparation of Ponce de León’s voyage from Spain to the establishment of Fort Mose in 1739. Organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) of Spain and the Spain-Florida Foundation and curated by Dr. J. Michael Francis, it is a collaboration of the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C., and the Spanish Consulate in Miami. The exhibit is divided into four distinct sections, each chronicling a different aspect of Florida’s early colonial history. Begin your voyage aboard a replica Spanish galleon in Seville, Spain, and travel through the history of early Florida, taking in such sights as the founding of St. Augustine, the rich native populations, and the founding of Fort Mose, the first free black settlement in the United States. The exhibit concludes with a holographic fountain, where visitors discover the truth about one of the most enduring foundation myths in U.S. history, Ponce de León’s quest for the fountain of youth.
This temporary exhibit is on display from November 14, 2013 until February 23, 2014, at the Museum of Florida History. Admission and parking are free.
Museum of Florida History 850.245.6400.
Choosing to Participate
August 28, 2013- August 10, 2014
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum
The Florida Historic Capitol Museum welcomes a new temporary exhibition to be on display August 27th, 2013 through August 10th, 2014. The exhibit, Choosing To Participate, highlights stories of community activists whose local impact has lead to larger national awareness about the importance of equality in civic communities.
Choosing To Participate was developed through the partnership of Facing History and Ourselves and the Smithsonian Institute Travel Exhibition Service. The exhibit features 11 posters that explore the impact civic engagement and illustrate the power individuals can have in enacting wider social change through four key points of individual action: Choose Dialogue, Choose Respect, Choose Engagement, and Choose to Participate.
The exhibit will also feature several other civic organizations in the State of Florida that focus on civic education and providing students with opportunities to be active participants in the civic communities of Florida.