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1924 Paris Olympics kickstarted traditions still loved in 2024 

Jul 4, 2024
UF researcher explains importance of 1924 games.
Featured

Holiday History: July 4th and unalienable rights

Jul 4, 2024
Where do your rights as an American come from?
News

Gainesville celebrates Juneteenth at Bo Diddley Plaza

Jun 19, 2024
Jubilee draws over 100 attendees downtown.
History

Story memorializes UF grad, namesake of Fort White park

May 27, 2024
Lake City native William Kennerson Wilson died while serving in Italy in 1944.
News

Gainesville honors fallen service members on Memorial Day

May 27, 2024
Over 100 community members attend event.
Education

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 2024
Education

‘Here I am, send me’: First Black graduate recounts integrating Gainesville High School  

May 17, 2024
LaVon Wright desegregated GHS despite FBI warnings of danger.
Education

2018 book examines desegregation in Alachua County

May 17, 2024
Gainesville native captures contention of the time.
Education

Gainesville city manager recalls role integrating Palatka school  

May 17, 2024
Cynthia Curry, brother made Brown v. Board of Education reality in Putnam County.
History

Remembering MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

Jan 15, 2024
Letter written in confines of jail cell.
Business

Alachua commissioner reflects on McDonald’s, family history 

Jan 10, 2024
Edward Potts talks about former McDonald's CEO and great-uncle Ray Kroc.
History

UF scientists identify fossil as oldest in the Frankincense, Myrrh family

Dec 24, 2023
Fossils found in India during the 1970s.
Local Living

Holiday History: Hanukkah  

Dec 9, 2023
Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” is celebrated nightly from December 7 to 15.   Hanukkah is the Jewish word for “dedication” and refers to the rededication of […]
Business

UF historians unveil local business history  

Aug 20, 2023
Historians mix work and pleasure to unveil Gainesville’s first-ever comprehensive business history.
History

Holiday History: Independence Day and the Constitution

Jul 4, 2023
Looking back at America’s founding documents
Featured

Holiday History: The story of Memorial Day

May 29, 2023
Alachua County Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Gainesville leads through our country's history.
Local Living

Olasky Books: Understanding Israel at 75

May 13, 2023
A survey of recent books on history, politics and foreign policy.
History

Holiday History: Christmas Eve traditions

Dec 24, 2022
People, cultures have various ways to celebrate the season.
History

Holiday History: Halloween traditions

Oct 30, 2022
Halloween has come a long way since it was first celebrated. Many Americans partake in trick-or-treating but may not know the roots of the tradition.    Last […]
History

Holiday History: Diwali

Oct 24, 2022
As America's Hindu population grows, so do Diwali celebrations.
Local Living

Holiday History: Labor Day

Sep 5, 2022
Holiday honors tradition dating to 1882.
History

Holiday History: The Declaration of Independence

Jul 4, 2022
Today marks the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. While many American leaders have made stirring remarks befitting the day, it’s never a bad idea […]
History

Holiday History: What is Maundy Thursday?

Apr 14, 2022
At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. He also shared dinner with the twelve apostles, the origin of holy communion in Christian churches. Plus, […]
History

Olasky Books: History from ‘The Horde’ to Hitler

Apr 9, 2022
Welcome to the first installment of Olasky Books: Not “great books” or “best books,” but a monthly list of new, well-written books (often histories) that taught […]
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