Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month.  Celebrate the remarkable women in Florida's history with a visit to a historic site and learn more with resources from the State Library and Archives of Florida and The Commission on the Status of Women.

In March 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the first National Women’s History Week. The President’s declaration came in response to efforts by communities, local school districts, and universities around the nation to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women in American history. These local efforts culminated in 1987 with the first Presidential Proclamation recognizing March as Women’s History Month.

Celebrate Women’s History Month in Florida and learn more about women in Florida’s history by visiting the online classroom at FloridaMemory.com or make an impact in preserving Florida Women’s History through Florida Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s History Book Project.  Download the brochure here: 

Visit one of many sites that reflect Florida's rich and diverse culture and history.

Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston)

This museum located in historic Eatonville provides information on the community and displays the works of artists of African descent. Quarterly exhibitions feature the works of emerging and legendary artists. Eatonville’s Zora Neale Hurston Trail correlates 16 historic sites and 10 markers with Hurston’s writings.

A walking/driving tour brochure is available at the Museum. The Zora Neale Hurston trail is continued with the “Dust Tracks Heritage Trail” in Ft. Pierce.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Visitors to this Florida homestead can walk back in time to 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek. Her cracker style home and farm, where she lived for 25 years and wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling, has been restored and is preserved as it was when she lived here.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardenswas officially opened to the public on July 7, 1975. Marie Selby's final wish was fulfilled, and the Selby legacy was in full bloom. Since the Gardens opened, the property has expanded from seven acres to nearly 13 acres. The elegant Mansion on adjoining property was purchased in 1973 and now houses the Gardens' Museum. The Gardens maintains a plant collection numbering more than 20,000 accessioned plants.

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

In 1860, upon the death of her husband, Maria de Los Dolores Mestre Andreu (1801-1871) became one of the nation's first female lighthouse keepers.  the St. Augustine Lighthouse is one of Florida's first official lighthouses authorized by Congress, and was built in 1824 on Anastasia Island.  the present 165-foot tower dates from 1874 and is the state's only spiral-banded lighthouse.  It also contains its original first-order Fresnel lens.

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Former home of artists Helen Birch Barlett and Evelyn Fortune, this tropical plantation house features 30 rooms and was constructed of native coral stone. The surrounding grounds of the estate remain a virtual oasis of coastal wilderness and informal gardens, nestled amid the commercial development of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has survived with remarkable authenticity – reflecting the creative lifestyle of its artist owners and preserving the natural setting of Old South Florida.

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida

The Historical Museum of Southern Florida collects and exhibits materials about the history of South Florida.  On permanent exhibit is a photograph of Julia DeForest Sturtevant Tuttle (1848-1898), the "Mother of Miami."  The museum's archives contain information about the founding of Miami and Tuttle's role in it. The museum is centrally located in downtown Miami, at the Metro-Dade Cultural Center Plaza, 101 West Flagler Street. The plaza resembles a Spanish fortress and covers an entire city block.