About Us

FHS LIBRARY HOURS: Tues. through Thur.. 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Researchers:  In order to best serve our patrons,  research at the library is by appointment only.   To make a research appointment with the archivist,  please email: archivist@myfloridahistory.org     Be sure to include details of your area of research, and when you would like to come in.   Appointments will be confirmed via return email.

Brevard Museum

Brevard Museum, 2201 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32926: Thursday - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Last Admission is at 4:00 pm

Rossetter House Museum

Historic Rossetter House Museum & Gardens, 1320 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Established in 1856, the Florida Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Florida's past through the collection and archival maintenance of historical documents and photographs, the publication of scholarly research on Florida history, and educating the public about Florida history through a variety of public history projects and programs, including:

  • Maintain an extensive archive at the Library of Florida History in historic Cocoa Village
  • Publish the Florida Historical Quarterly and books, fiction and nonfiction, through the Florida Historical Society Press
  • Manage the Historic Rossetter House Museum and Gardens
  • Operate the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, home of the Florida Historical Society Archaeological Institute
  • Produce "Florida Frontiers: The Weekly Radio Magazine of the Florida Historical Society" which airs on NPR stations throughout the state
  • Produce "Florida Frontiers Television" which airs on public television stations throughout the state
  • Publish Florida Frontiers Blog, which appears in Florida Today newspaper each week
  • Present the Florida Frontiers Festival, put on in the fall at the Brevard Museum, a celebration of Florida's diverse history & culture
  • Maintain a content rich web site at myfloridahistory.org, and a dynamic Facebook page at "Florida Historical Society."
  • Present the Annual Meeting and Symposium, held in a different Florida location in May each year featuring paper presentations, round table discussions, tours of historic sites, an awards luncheon, banquet, picnic, and more.
  • Our educational outreach projects and programs include active participation in events and festivals throughout the state, frequent public talks on a variety of subjects, workshops for teachers and students, history-based theatrical presentations, exhibits, and much more.

We are an independent, Member supported, 501c(3) not-for-profit organization.