In celebration of Florida Archives Month, the Society of Florida Archivists would like to create a local archivists “Meetup” group in the Tallahassee area that will meet from time to time at various repositories to not only enjoy good fellowship and tour their archives, but also to network with each other and to share information about what we’re doing in our institutions. The group should include those working in all types of archives – the State Archives of Florida, Florida State University and Florida A&M’s Special Collections, the Florida Historic Capitol Archives, as well as other government and corporate archives.
We also encourage members, beginning with this celebration, to form Meetup groups in cities and regions across the state. It’s a great opportunity for fellow professionals to meet, learn about the diverse array of archival materials in our repositories, and to plan and discuss outreach efforts to raise awareness among various audiences of the value of archives and archivists.
For the inaugural Meetup of the Tallahassee group, all archivists in this region are invited to attend a slideshow exhibition, “The Golden Age of Florida’s Miracle Strip,” on Friday, October 17th, at the State Archives of Florida. This exhibit is being presented in honor of Archives Month Florida. The cycling slideshow will feature over 150 historic images of Panama City Beach and its famed Miracle Strip tourist district from the 1930s through the 1970s. Melody May, a promotional model long associated with the Miracle Strip, will be present, and tourism historian Tim Hollis is scheduled to speak about the history of the tourism industry in the Panama City area.
Parking and admission are free, and complimentary refreshments with a Florida tourism theme will be provided. The event will be held from 6-8pm in the lobby of the R.A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough St. in Tallahassee. For those interested in forming a local “Meetup” group, plan to arrive at 5:30 in the lobby.
If you have any questions or need a list of local contacts (including SAA) for your area, please contact Sandra Varry (850-645-7988).
We hope you will all attend.
Sandra Varry, MFA, MLIS, CA
Heritage Protocol & University Archivist
Special Collections & Archives
Florida State University Library
President - Society of Florida Archivists
Key Contact Florida - Society of American Archivists
Society of Florida Archivists Archives Month Committee:
William Modrow, Chair