History

A Final Salute

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve. I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. Courtesy of the Bowman Family There’s a dramatic turning point in the annual reenactment of the Battle of Olustee when the…

Elegance or Diversity?

Original print date: Spring 1981 Talleon Planner’s Log WKO 487 My Projections Terminal seemed to be out of tune, giving me a very unlikely looking future projection for the Talleon-Oyster Belt economy interface on which I was working. To see…

Longtime Newspaper Editor Reflects on Our Town

Original print date: Summer 1988 Author’s Note: Malcolm B. Johnson, editor of the Tallahassee Democrat from 1954 to 1978, has been a significant influence on Tallahassee. Ten years after his retirement, he looked at his town — the capital city…

Tallahassee Is No Longer the Small Town Remembered

Aerial view looking east from the Civic Center toward Apalachee Parkway. Photographed in 1985. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Original print date: Nov/Dec 1990 I grew up believing the slogan: “Tallahassee: Everybody’s Hometown.” But returning after an absence of 16…

Tallahassee As I Remember It

Original print date: Spring 1983 Number, please!” said the operator, and if you asked for “Number l,” you got Byrd’s Grocery Store; what’s more, they delivered your order. In 1926, at age 5, I lived with my mother, Florence Moore…

40 Years of Art, Artifacts and Animals

Original print date: Nov/Dec 1997 In January, the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science began its 40th year as a member of the Tallahassee family. Beginning in 1958, the museum has endeavored to bring history, artwork and animals to…

Tensions Rose As The Waiting Went On

Original print date: Jan/Feb 2001 Y2K? As the year began, all sorts of dire predictions filled the air, but we seemed to dodge the millennium bullet just fine. In fact, we almost made it through the entire year. It was…

The Year We Almost Lost the Panhandle

Original print date: Spring 1984 There once was a year in which Alabama offered to buy Florida’s Panhandle — and Florida almost agreed to sell! It was in 1869 that representatives of Alabama and Florida actually signed a cession agreement…

The Search for Truth Keeps Local Legends Alive

Original print date: May/Jun 1995 It was a time of conjecture and even mystery. Strange words like “scoria,” “ash,” “pumice” and even “volcano” seemed to hang on every lip. All eyes strained toward the southeast where, some 30 miles distant…

Legends and Lore of North Florida

Original print date: Fall 1984 When folklorist J. Russell Reaver talks of the legends and lore of North Florida, nature listens. A thunderstorm appeared just minutes into an interview at his Tallahassee home. Then the power went off, shrouding his…