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Juneteenth becomes 12th federal holiday

Jun 17, 2021
President Joe Biden has signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth National Independence Day as the nation’s 12th federal holiday—and the first new one in decades.  “This is a […]

Hawthorne receives grant for museum renovation

Jun 15, 2021
Florida’s Division of Historical Resources has awarded the City of Hawthorne a $26,418 grant to restore the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center. The building started […]

Holiday History: Flag Day

Jun 14, 2021
“The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” Today is Flag Day. That quote is buried in Title 4 of the […]

Task force will memorialize African American cemeteries

Jun 5, 2021
Legislation creating a task force on preserving abandoned African-America cemeteries is now a reality.  State Sen. Janet Cruz of Tampa first introduced the bill, which garnered unanimous […]

Local experts to share ancestry research methods Saturday

Jun 2, 2021
Genealogist Tatanya Peterson knows her fourth generation grandparents. And thanks to a journal kept by plantation owner James Chesnut, she knows those enslaved grandparents, Grace and […]

Vets pay tribute at High Springs memorial

May 31, 2021
On Memorial Day morning, while the streets in High Springs were still quiet and the High Springs Fire Department was just pulling trucks out of the […]

Holiday History: Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2021
Did you know that when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo you are celebrating bravery? Cinco de Mayo honors the victory of a Mexican army over invaders […]

Holiday History: What is Dyngus Day?

Apr 5, 2021
Happy Dyngus Day! Dyngus Day is an old central European holiday, mostly connected to Poland, celebrated on the day after Easter. In the United States, it […]

Holiday History: The origins of Good Friday

Apr 2, 2021
Today is Mourning Friday, Long Friday, Silent Friday, and Holy Friday. I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself: isn’t today Good Friday? They actually are all one […]

Holiday History: Exploring St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2021
Did you know the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in what is now the United States took place in St. Augustine, Florida? Today is St. Patrick’s […]