Florida Frontiers Television

Episode 60
Florida Frontiers TV - Discovering A.S.J. Allen


Discovering A.S.J. Allen. In 1904, the African American community leader A.S.J. Allen was killed by a white neighbor over a property border dispute. Allen's great-grandson Alonzo Felder has researched his productive life and tragic death.


Episode 59
Florida Frontiers TV - Jonathan Dickinson's Journal


Jonathan Dickinson's Journal. Newly discovered documents from 1696 add to familiar accounts of Jonathan Dickinson's shipwreck and survival in Florida.


Episode 58
Florida Frontiers TV - Memories of Palatka


Memories of Palatka. By the mid-1800s, the historic town of Palatka was a transportation hub for steamboat traffic. In the early 20th century, it became a battleground against the Ku Klux Klan. In 1933, Ravine Gardens State Park became a WPA project. Beginning in the 1970s, The Florida School of the Arts provided performers for "Cross and Sword," the official state play of Florida.


Episode 57
Florida Frontiers TV - The Edison and Ford Winter Estates


The Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison first came to Florida in 1885, where he built a winter residence and laboratory. In 1916, Edison’s friend and collaborator, automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, bought his own Fort Myers estate, right next door to Edison’s.


Episode 56
Florida Frontiers TV - Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in Florida


Frank Lloyd Wright is known as one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Wright wanted to create a uniquely American style of architecture that broke away from European models, and create geometrically interesting, organic structure that blended into the natural landscape. His largest single collection of building in one location is at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Wright’s only private residence constructed in Florida is Spring House in Tallahassee.


Episode 55
Florida Frontiers TV - The Seminole in Florida


The Seminole (along with the Miccosukee) are the indigenous people of Florida. Seminole history and culture is preserved at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation.


Episode 54
Florida Frontiers TV - Carpenter Gothic Churches in Florida


Carpenter Gothic Churches in Florida. Dozens of Carpenter Gothic style churches were built in Florida in the 19th century.


Episode 53
Florida Frontiers TV - Leon and Jewel Collins Museum of African American History & Culture


The Leon and Jewel Collins Museum of African American History and Culture in Cocoa includes exhibits about Harry T. Moore who worked in the building, Zora Neale Hurston who lived nearby, and Original Highwayman Artist R.L. Lewis.


Episode 52
Florida Frontiers TV - 2022 Florida Historical Society Public History Forum


The Florida Historical Society Public History Forum and the Annual Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society Conference were held together in Gainesville, in 2022.


Episode 51
Florida Frontiers TV - Journalist Mabel Norris Reese


Mabel Norris Reese. Courageous journalist Mabel Norris Reese covered the infamous Groveland Rape Trial and Ku Klux Klan activities in Lake County in the mid-20th century.


Episode 50
Florida Frontiers TV - The John G. Riley House Museum


The John G. Riley House. Built in Tallahassee in 1890, the John G. Riley House is now a museum of African American history.


Episode 49
Florida Frontiers TV - The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse


Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Completed in 1887, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest in Florida, and a National Historic Landmark.


Episode 48
Florida Frontiers TV - Mary McLeod Bethune Goes to Washington


Mary McLeod Bethune was a larger-than-life educator and activist whose legacy is now remembered with an eleven-foot tall, 6,000-pound statue carved by Nilda Comas. She used the last piece of statuary marble taken from the same Italian quarry used by Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The statue will represent Florida in the US Capitol building.


Episode 47
Florida Frontiers TV - The Shrimping Industry in Florida


The Shrimping Industry in Florida: Commercial shrimping and shrimp boat building thrived in Florida from about 1900 through the 1980s.


Episode 46
Florida Frontiers TV - The Ximenez-Fatio House


The Ximenez-Fatio House was built in 1798 in St. Augustine, during Florida's Second Spanish Period.


Episode 45
Florida Frontiers TV - Territorial Florida in 1821


Prominent historians discuss the diverse population of Florida 200 years ago.


Episode 44
Florida Frontiers TV - Fifty Years of Walt Disney World


Fifty Years of Walt Disney World. Opening in 1971, Walt Disney World has had a significant impact on the economy, politics, and history of Florida.


Episode 43
Florida Frontiers TV - Songs of the Sunshine State


Musical performances highlight Florida history. FOR EXTENDED VERSION CLICK HERE:    http://bit.ly/SongsOfTheSunshineState  

Episode 42
Florida Frontiers TV - 100 Years of the 19th Amendment: Florida Women Breaking Barriers.


Based on a panel discussion presented as part of the Florida Historical Society 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Symposium, historians and voting rights activists discuss “100 Years of the 19th Amendment: Florida Women Breaking Barriers.”


Episode 41
Florida Frontiers TV - Civil Rights, Equality, and Racial Justice in the Age of Black Lives Matter


Florida historians discuss “Civil Rights, Equality, and Racial Justice in the Age of Black Lives Matter.” The panel discussion was presented as part of the Florida Historical Society Virtual Annual Meeting and Symposium.


Episode 40
Florida Frontiers TV - Going Viral: Pandemics in Florida


This panel discussion was presented as part of the Florida Historical Society Virtual Annual Meeting and Symposium. Historians compare pandemics from the state's past with COVID-19.


Episode 39
Florida Frontiers TV - Florida Freedom Rides


The Freedom Rides of 1961 are seen as a pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement, but it's often forgotten that two groups of Freedom Riders came to Florida.


Episode 38
Florida Frontiers TV - Natural Attractions


Since the 1800s, tourist attractions have allowed visitors to encounter Florida nature in controlled settings.


Episode 37
Florida Frontiers TV - Historic Sounds of Jacksonville


From "The Florida Suite" composed by Frederick Delius in the 1880s, to the present, the musical legacy of Jacksonville includes classical, jazz, bluegrass, and contemporary works.


Episode 36
Florida Frontiers TV - Florida Cracker Culture


Crackers are pioneer settlers who first arrived in the 1700s, and their descendants.


Episode 35
Florida Frontiers TV - Rollins College


In 1885, the tradition of offering a progressive, liberal arts education in Florida began in Winter Park, at Rollins College.


Episode 34
Florida Frontiers TV - Free Black Settlements in Spanish Colonial Florida


Free black communities were established in Spanish Colonial Florida as enslaved people escaped from British colonies to the north.


Episode 33
Florida Frontiers TV - Harriet Beecher Stowe in Florida


In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe was the most famous writer in America. By 1867, she was living and working in Florida


Episode 32
Florida Frontiers TV - The Indigenous People of Florida


At the time of European contact, dozens of indigenous groups with sophisticated cultures occupied Florida.


Episode 31
Florida Frontiers TV - Florida in World War I


When the United States joined World War I in 1917, Florida was still a relatively small state but it was significantly impacted by the conflict.


Episode 30
Florida Frontiers TV - One Giant Leap


In July 1969, the USA sent three men to the moon and returned them safely to the earth. Florida's Space Coast played a vital role in making this historic milestone happen.


Episode 29
Florida Frontiers TV - The Greatest Show in Florida


We explore the legacy of John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota including an art museum, circus museum, and the Ca' d'Zan mansion.


Episode 28
Florida Frontiers TV - Film in Florida


Hundreds of filmmakers have followed their dreams to Florida. Films are part of the history of Florida, going all the way back to the silent era.


Episode 27
Florida Frontiers TV - The Conch Republic


Key West has a diverse history that includes "wreckers," writers, hippies, homosexuals, and U.S. Presidents. In 1982, the island seceded from the Union to form the Conch Republic.


Episode 26
Florida Frontiers TV - The Highwaymen Artists


The Highwaymen Artists. The Highwaymen are a group of mostly self-taught African American landscape painters who used their skills to create a profitable business model beginning in the 1950s.


Episode 25
Florida Frontiers TV - Jack Kerouac in Florida


Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac spent some of his most productive years in Florida. His Orlando home is the site of a writers-in-residence program.


Episode 24
Florida Frontiers TV - Canoe Archaeology


Canoe Archaeology: Hundreds of canoes have been discovered in Florida, some created as long as 7,000 years ago.

Episode 23
Florida Frontiers TV — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


The Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Yearling" and "Cross Creek" is one of Florida's best loved writers.


Episode 22
Florida Frontiers TV - Mosquito Beater Memories


People who lived in central Brevard County prior to the post-World War II population explosion gather annually to discuss how life used to be in Florida.


Episode 21
Florida Frontiers TV - Florida Historic Capitol Museum


The Florida Historic Capitol building, once in danger of being torn down, is now a museum documenting Florida government from the Territorial Period to the present.


Episode 20
Florida Frontiers TV - The Future of History


The Future of History. Florida historians and their students are creating innovative digital resources available to anyone with internet access.

Episode 19
Florida Frontiers TV - The American Revolution in Florida


The Spanish ruled Florida for two centuries before the British took control in 1763. The important role that Florida played in the American Revolution is often overlooked.


Episode 18
Florida Frontiers TV - Active Citizenship


Grassroots efforts lead to historic preservation in South Beach, Miami, and Eatonville.

Episode 17
Florida Frontiers TV - The Legacy of Harry T. Moore


A look at the life of educator and activist Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette, the first martyrs of the contemporary civil rights movement.


Episode 16
Florida Frontiers TV - Pre-Columbian Contact


People from as far away as the American Midwest visited Florida long before Europeans arrived. The ancient Maya may have come here, too.

Episode 15
Florida Frontiers TV - Documenting Florida Nature


Florida nature as seen by naturalist William Bartram in the 1770s, ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon in the 1830s, and wilderness and landscape photographer Clyde Butcher since the 1980s.

Episode 14
Florida Frontiers TV - The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art


The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, has the most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany anywhere.

Episode 13
Florida Frontiers TV - Flagler County


Flagler County was established in 1917, but has historic sites from much earlier, including Mala Compra and the Bulow Plantation.

Episode 12
Florida Frontiers TV - The Florida Folk Festival


The annual Florida Folk Festival celebrates and preserves the stories, music, dance, crafts, and food of the Sunshine State.

Episode 11
Florida Frontiers TV - The Luna Settlement Excavation


The Luna Settlement Excavation. Archaeologists have discovered the site of Don Tristan de Luna's ill-fated 1559 settlement in Pensacola.