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Donald L. Tucker, Wakulla Native, March 10, 7:00 PM, WCHS Program

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Donald L. Tucker       Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives 1976–1980

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM, Wakulla County Public Library the speaker for our WCHS second Tuesday program is Donald L. Tucker.  We appreciate Don’s faithfulness as a WCHS member and contributor.

The Wakulla County History Society looks forward to another interesting program featuring a Wakulla native whose name is well-known, not only in Wakulla and Leon counties but also throughout the southern states.  Does Donald L. Tucker sound familiar? Of course, there are few days that the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center is not mentioned in the Tallahassee news and activities.  Many Wakulla residents think of the person, Donald Tucker, rather than the Civic Center when we hear the title.

Don, son of former Florida Senator Luther C. Tucker and wife, Grace Spears Tucker, grew up in Crawfordville, graduating from Crawfordville High School in 1953.  Don, senior class president, student body president, and football team captain also attended Florida Boys State where he was elected Governor. After graduating high school, he attended Brigham Young University, enlisted in the Army and after being honorably discharged, served two years as a missionary. After receiving his law degree from the University of Florida, Don began his law practice in Tallahassee and built his home in Crawfordville.

In 1966, Don ran for, and was elected to represent Wakulla, Leon and Franklin Counties in the Florida Legislature.  He was reelected the following five terms becoming Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, the only Speaker in Florida’s history to preside over four consecutive regular legislative sessions.  He was chosen by fellow representatives on two occasions to receive the Florida Times Union Award as “Most Effective Member of the Legislature.”

In 1977, the Legislature unanimously passed the bill signed by Gov. Askew naming the Tallahassee Civic Center “The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.” Don is also proud that he was responsible for the Continuing Education Center, the Gus Turnbull Building at FSU and the basketball arena at the University of Florida, “The O’Connell Center”.

He was appointed Chairman of the Latin American-Caribbean Commission by Governor Askew and was nominated by President Carter to be Vice-Chair of the Civil Aeronautics Board as well as commissioning him to serve as Special Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

The Tallahassee Democrat had an extensive article about Don Tucker in April of 1976 in which he is portrayed as a savvy politician enjoying the game, but very much playing to win.  Perhaps that is a very appropriate remark for the man whose name is on the Civic Arena.

The public is invited to attend our meeting on the 2nd Tuesday evening of March, 7pm, at the Wakulla Library.  Come to meet and greet Don and to hear from a Wakulla County native that “made it in the world of politics.”

Submitted by Betty Green


Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event Tickets Now Available

Concert to Benefit Heritage Village Park

The Wakulla County Historical Society presents Lari White and Friends Wakulla Homecoming: A Heritage Event featuring Lari White, Chuck Cannon, Bryan Edwards, Rick Ott, Lindsay Sparkman, and Jerry Evans on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of Wakulla High School, 3237 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, Florida. Tickets are $35/$30/$20 each and will be available March 1 online at wakullahistory.tix.com and at the box office during business hours. The event is A From The Heart Studio-Concert Production.
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Wakulla County Historical Society

St. Patrick's Day Festival Wakulla County Historical Society


Come join Wakulla County Historical Society as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Crawfordville, FL on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Fun events include: 1920 Ford ride in the parade with ladies in 1800 clothing.Tent that includes historic pictures to view and I.D., historic books and other items from the Museum and Archives for sale. Chili dinner fundraiser for the Heritage Village Park.


Get Your Ticket Today For “A Land Remembered”

A Land Remembered

Seating for this event will be limited and there will be only one program, so get your tickets early.

Tickets: minimum donation of $10.00 each and are available:

All donations are tax deductible.

A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith (1927-2014) will be  hosted  by the Wakulla County Historical Society, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Crawfordville United Methodist Church.

Rick Smith, son of the author, will be presenting this educational program about his father, the story behind the story, excerpts from the story, videos and music. “A Land Remembered captured the soul of the state for so many of us,” said lawyer and longtime conservationist Clay Henderson. ”It was a picture of what Florida was like in its frontier and helped readers be able to value that. It has been very much part of the voice of the environmental movement…” January 27, 2014 by Jim Abbott, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer


Visit the “Old Jail Shop”

Visit us at http://www.shop.wakullahistory.com/ to see what we have in our store. We have been updating the shopping cart, if you have any questions, contact us.




Thank you to everyone that worked many hours on the Yard Sale. Mrs. Betty Green led the way and our wonderful volunteers rallied up for support.

The sale was tremendously successful in spite of the rain.

We appreciate all our visitors that supported us and our volunteers.

Welcome Public Relations Coordinator Sandra Vidak

Wakulla County Historical Society LogoWe want to thank Sandra Vidak for taking on the position of Public Relations Coordinator for the Wakulla County Historical Society . Sandra has been a long-time supporter of the Society.

Thanks Sandra!

Our Volunteers and Donors are Appreciated

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We appreciate all the volunteers and donors/sponsors that we receive throughout the year. Without your help we could not keep the museum doors open or participate in other projects.
Today, I wanted to say thank you to Les Harrison, Wakulla County Extension Director, for taking care of the printing for our Journey Story Exhibit. This would have cost us $220. Les has also donated a billboard set-up for us to display in the county.

Once again, Thank you to all our volunteers and donors/sponsors. We appreciate your support!

Watch for a new feature that will recognize all our volunteers and sponsors.

Cathy Frank,

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