An official partner with Viva Florida 500, this foundation was created by prominent Hispanic leaders to provide comprehensive information regarding Spain's contributions to the success of Florida and the United States.
This archive is from the Florida Division of Library and Information Services and is a wonderful resource for historical photos, videos, audio recordings and more. Be sure to look for their Viva Florida 500 materials.
Florida's tourism industry's official marketing website offers animated Heritage Trails and brief videos, schedule of events, biographies of historic Florida notables, and postings by Hispanic blogger, Patricia Peña, who shares her thoughts on places she visits around the state.
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide celebration to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513. This website is maintained by the Florida Department of State.
Take a look at Florida Then & Now to learn about the Timucua, the Seminole Wars, and the growth of Florida's railroads with reproducible passages, FCAT style questions, and activity sheets. Search Floripedia for articles about Florida arranged alphabetically, encyclopedia style.
Read about the contributions to Florida history by African Americans, Cubans, French, Jewish, Native Americans, Spanish and Women throughout the ages with the online and printable Heritage Trails Series. Find Florida Historical markers for the areas you are traveling to or passing through.
Newspapers often have special retrospective articles on local history and culture. Pick which Florida newspapers you want to search and get full-text articles. Or you can get a local overview by searching the Orlando Sentinel back to 1985.
On the Fourth Floor of the Main Library in downtown Orlando we have a special section called the Florida Collection. This is a reference collection that focuses solely on Florida. There are many older books about different communities and cultures of Florida. We also have the Orlando Sentinel on microfilm from 1911 to present!
Enjoy digital collections, Florida stories, and a section for teachers about Central Florida history. The project is made possible though the cooperative efforts of the Orange County Library System, the Orange County Regional History Center, University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and the Museum of Seminole County History.
Participate in this local history project by uploading your own pictures and stories about life in Orlando. Everyone has a story to tell and this is a unique opportunity to share your memories about Orlando.