Join us for an all-day celebration of Florida history. Enjoy various Florida history reenactors, historical displays, costumes, local history clubs, and more! Enjoy food for purchase from Smokin' Js BBQ food truck in the MOAS Courtyard.
Admission: Free for members or with paid museum admission.
10:30AM: Florida Women Pioneers with Dr. Peggy MacDonald from the Florida Humanities Council
In "Florida Female Pioneers," Dr. Peggy MacDonald examines some of the women who have shaped the Sunshine State. Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a female physician, Harriet Beecher Stowe kick-started Florida's tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneering educator and civil rights leader, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper was the first and only female Florida Seminole tribal chair and the first female tribal chair of any American Indian tribe in the nation, and many more! Join Dr. MacDonald for a look at the amazing history of these pioneering women of Florida.
11:30AM: Roaring Reptiles with journalist, Mark Lane
With an eye for the illogical and a flair for the irreverent, journalist Mark Lane aims his sharp wit at one of the most intriguing duties of the Florida legislature - signing state symbols into law. In Roaring Reptiles, Bountiful Citrus, and Neon Pies, he spotlights nineteen things that have been proposed and/or appointed to officially define Florida. Join Daytona Beach News-Journal Columnist and Feature Writer, Mark Lane, as he covers unique Florida history from his newly released book, Roaring Reptiles along with a book signing.
12:30PM: The Origin of Daytona with historian, Joseph Vetter
The story of Mathias Day, business tycoon and Ohioan, who saw great promise in post-Civil War Florida's coast. Arriving in 1870, he bought 800 acres along the Halifax River for $1200 and built a Florida town out of a wilderness. By 1876, the city of Daytona was incorporated. The legendary story will also include his famous son, Mathias Day Jr., who graduated West Point and became a WWI hero. Join popular local historian, Joseph Vetter for this look at our important past.
1:30PM: Democracy: Voices and Votes with University of Florida Professor, Dr. Steve Noll
Join University of Florida Master Lecturer, Dr. Steve Noll, as he discusses the history of Democracy in Florida. In 2020-2012, the Smithsonian Institution and the Florida Humanities Council are sponsoring a traveling exhibit throughout Florida titled "Democracy: Voices & Votes." This talk comes from Dr. Noll's lead scholar presentation for the exhibit. It deals with the struggle to achieve democracy in Florida as underrepresented groups fight for participation. This is especially important with 2020 being the 100th anniversary of women voting for the first time in national elections.
2:30PM: Florida on Fire: The First in the Sky with MOAS Senior Curator of Education and History, Zach Zacharias
Take a rare look at a part of Florida history that most people have never heard of, urban fires. The Great Jacksonville First of 1901 was the nation's third-largest urban fire in history. Ocala, DeLand, St. Augustine, Fort Lauderdale's, and other well-known cities all were devasted by urban fires in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Downtown cities made of wood, which dominated most of Florida's cities, presented common problems, the threat of massive fires. The presentation's finale is the great Volusia Fire Storm of 1994.