Wakulla County Historical Society

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Archive for the category “Exhibits”

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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.

 

 

Visit The Museum To See Early Artifacts of Wakulla County

Drop by the Museum today for our Open House to see a fantastic exhibit. Read more about it…

By Sandra Vidak

We are pleased to officially open the Forbes Purchase-Hartfield Survey exhibit in the Betty Oaks Green Room at the Museum.

The story of the Forbes Purchase began in 1776 when three Tory sympathizers: William Panton, Thomas Forbes and John Leslie, arrived in St. Augustine. They had been prominent in the Indian trade in South Carolina and Georgia and sought similar opportunities in Florida. They did so as Panton Leslie & Company establishing headquarters in Pensacola. In 1792 Panton admitted John Forbes (the youngest brother of Thomas Forbes) to the firm as a junior partner and sent him to Alabama to handle the Chickasaw and Choctaw trade. By that time Panton Leslie & Company had a monopoly on Indian trade with the Upper and Lower Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee in the Southeast. The leather and fur trades were lucrative for the firm and in some years as many as two hundred fifty thousand deer hides and beaver pelts were traded and shipped to Europe. The firm’s success during Panton’s leadership, deteriorated after his death in 1801 as damage was inflicted on its commerce by William Augustus Bowles, the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson’s war on the Creek nation, and competition from American traders.
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Come See What Is Happening At The Museum

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The WCHS Museum staff has been busy! There are a lot of new, reasonably priced items for sale. Great selection from historic book to bird feeders with items to please every age. Remember, if you are a member, you will receive 10% off of your purchase.

Stop by and check us out from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Mary Ann Laird, Gift Shop Manager

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!

Enjoy The Smithsonian Journey Stories

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Photos By Carolyn Harvey (the Wakulla County Mural “Greetings From Wakulla County” is copyrited and not for reproduction)

Wakulla County Historical Society now has our exhibit at the Panhandle Pioneer Village. It is awesome. Read on for more information.

Journey Stories will be at The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown, FL through August 25th. Join WCHS as we share Wakulla County Journey Stories and exhibit our counties history. Please see full details below.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement will be the host of *Journey Stories*, an exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street series.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, will be on display from July 14 to August 25 at the Settlement’s Club House.

The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is located at Sam Atkins Park, 17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Road, Blountstown, FL 32424. (850)674-2777***

*Journey Stories* recounts the struggles of our ancestors as they traveled to North America and, once here, made their way across the continent. These are the stories of how our ancestors made the nation great – one step, one journey at the time.  The Settlement will be presenting local journey stories and local histories to complement the Smithsonian’s *Journey Stories* exhibition…
The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is the only North Florida location to be selected to host *Journey Stories*.  All other Florida locations are in the south central and southern portions of the state…
*For more information about this event or about the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Museum, please visit their website at www.panhandlepioneer.org. *

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,
President

Journey Stories For The Blountown Pioneer Village Exhibit

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The Journey Stories are being put together now. We are excited about our Wakulla County History and especially of interest is where we came from to settle in this area.

If you have been thinking about submitting a story, now is the time. You can submit this week, by Friday, to 24research@gmail.com.

We hope to hear from you.
Cathy Frank,
President

Opportunity Quilt Winner Alicia Le

quilt with winner at WCHS museum

Alaina Wins Opportunity Quilt

Wakulla County Quilters Guild held their drawing for the “Opportunity Quilt” with Alicia Le having the winning ticket.

The Wakulla County Historical Society would like to say thank you to all the visitors that visited the Museum and Archives. Without your support, we would not be able to have these events.

Photo by Cal Jamison

Antique Car Exhibit at The Museum and Archives By Jim Calhoun

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Photos by Cal Jamison

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